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1950s & 1960s Yearbooks Reveal Blackface, Native American Caricatures LILIA BROOKER Senior Writer Images of blackface, Native American caricatures, a Ku Klux Klan reference, and other offensive symbols were recently found to be present in Deerfield Pocumtuck yearbooks from the 1940s through the late 1970s. In light of a national reckoning about the past frequency of blackface in high school and college yearbooks, the Scroll examined almost 100 yearbooks ranging from the 1920s to the present in order to gain insight into Deerfield’s own history and student culture. Most of the images used in the yearbooks display a vibrant boarding school culture with students hard at work in the classroom, on the sports field and in a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities. Rules around drugs and alcohol were considerably more lenient— photos often show students posing with beer bottles or other alcoholic beverages. But several images of blackface stood out from the other images. One instance from 1948 depicts a man standing in a striped prison uniform. Two more images are from 1949, labeled as photographs from the production You Can’t Take It With You. The actor in blackface is presumably playing Donald, a handyman for a 1930s New York
City family. An image in 1951 depicts an actor dressed as Abraham Lincoln standing over a man and woman in blackface, who are both on their knees. The final image of a student wearing blackface is in 1952, in the “Student Life” section of the yearbook. It shows a grinning man tipping his hat. Then, in 1960, four boys are seen
during the 19th century in minstrel shows during which performers would put paint or shoe polish on their faces in order to caricature black people. The practice continued throughout the 20th century and has waned sharply since the 1950s, but has not disappeared. A recent USA Today investigation found over 200 examples of racist
these pictures revolting disheartening to view.” —Chris Ransom
at a “Kennel Klub Klan” meeting, which the Scroll understands to be a KKK reference. And in 1977, an image shows a large group of boys posing around what appears to be a Jim Crow figurine. “I found these pictures revolting
material in a review of over 900 yearbooks from colleges across the nation. And as recently as the early 2000s, Jimmy Kimmel wore blackface on a TV skit while imitating basketball player Karl Malone.
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Opinion: Thanking Mr. Koch MAGGIE TYDINGS Sports Editor 70 million dollars. That is the amount of money Lifetime Trustee David Koch has contributed to Deerfield Academy as of 2014 before the installation of the David H. Koch Field House and new athletic complex, according to an interview conducted by The Deerfield Scroll. 1.2 billion dollars. That is the total amount of money Mr. Koch has donated in his life to cancer research, education, medicine, and more, according to the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation. Do I agree with all of Mr. Koch’s political beliefs? No. Do I agree with Mr. Koch’s views on climate change? Absolutely not. Am I incredibly grateful for Mr. Koch? Yes. I would like to preface this article by saying that I, just as the Academy, do not sanction any of Mr. Koch’s political views. Mr. Koch has devoted his life to causes he feels strongly about. Whether I, or any members of our community,
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pursuits, I believe that Mr. Koch is
“From Deerfield, it’s kind of surprising... one variation of the “living example you would think Deerfield is the place where “I believe that Mr. Koch is one variation of the there’s not any cultural appropriation.” ‘living example of Mr. Boyden’s aspirations.’” —Kaelene Spang — Maggie Tydings and disheartening to view,” said Chris Ransom ’19, a head of the Deerfield Black Student Alliance. “Ignorance is never justified; however, the time period prevents me from being surprised.” Blackface gained prominence
Due to the age of the yearbooks and the low resolution of the photos, the Scroll did not identify any of the individuals depicted. Continued on News, p. 4
agree or disagree with these causes does not change the positive impact he has had on this institution. Through his hard work, success, and subsequent philanthropic
of Mr. Boyden’s aspirations,” as stated by former President of the Board of Trustees Philip Greer. Continued on Op-Ed, p. 2
A Look Into Deerfield’s Endowment and Investing Guidelines LILIA BROOKER Senior Writer Unlike a growing number of educational institutions at both the high school and college level, Deerfield does not have strict regulations in place to consider social, environmental, or other concerns in its investments, leaving many to wonder if Deerfield should be ethically responsible for how it chooses to invest its $622 million endowment. However, today’s investment landscape is shifting so that an investor can gain significant returns while also investing ethically. “A fair and legitimate question to ask of any endowment or any institutional investor is, ‘How are you using the endowment that you have to help in this effort to achieve a sustainable economy and a future for our children and grandchildren?’” said Ryan Martel ’99. Martel works at Ceres, a nonprofit organization that works with companies and investors to promote sustainability. In order to address certain ethical concerns, some institutions have instituted Environmental, Social, and Governance investment strategies (ESG), and these have not necessarily been financially harmful. In fact, Martel stated that “people who apply ESG investment strategies to their portfolios tend to see better returns.” Deerfield’s Chief Financial
Officer, Keith Finan declined to name any companies or assets that Deerfield invests in due to confidentiality. Additionally, Deerfield does not directly invest its endowment but works in coordination with multiple investment managers. He added that “the investment committee’s task is to manage the financial investments the best they can in order to produce the resources that allow the school to function.” He believes that by generating the highest possible returns from investments the money can be used to support students’ education and therefore their leadership. Head of School Margarita Curtis stated, “The school needs to explore how it can best implement environmental, social, or governance goals through the engagement of our investment managers. An ongoing dialogue
are, but it’s not something that’s
Deerfield does not have strict regulations in place to consider social, environmental, or other concerns in its investments.
between trustees and the managers fosters a clear institutional direction, anchored in our values, while also respecting the flexibility needed to enhance performance.”
fossil fuels.” But he stressed that “It’s not impossible. People do it all the time. It’s probably more difficult the bigger investment fund you
impossible.” Some universities, such as Harvard, abide by certain ethical investment guidelines. According to a document released by the Harvard Management Company (HMC), Harvard is a signatory of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, the “world’s leading proponent of responsible investment.” HMC promises to consider ESG factors when investing. Ethical investing has not been a significant topic of discussion on Deerfield’s campus, although one of the school’s primary missions is global and environmental stewardship. In 2013, students at Phillips Exeter Academy proposed that the trustees consider divesting from fossil fuels. After deliberating, the trustees decided against divestment. They released a statement that said that divestment would be, “difficult and expensive and would likely have a negative impact on manager availability and investment returns.” Exeter trustees explained that divesting would also be challenging because Exeter’s endowment
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Hear from Jae Won Moon on why AP classes and their syllabi have been hindering Deerfield from progressing at an institution.
Learn about Peter Nilsson, who was recently appointed as the third Head of School for King’s Academy in Jordan.
A recent dance piece choreographed by Nick Ortega explores issues of self-harm and eating disorders.
Get to know the team of people that trains our student athletes through some fun and unusual questions.
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social impact and environmental sustainability is “going to have to come from investors and investments. People are going to have to be really deliberate with how they make investments.” He discussed the feasibility for Deerfield to change its investment strategy. He acknowledged that because Deerfield does not pick individual stocks to invest in, but instead invests with outside managers, “it might be difficult to restructure an investment portfolio around divesting out of a certain thing, like
“The school needs to explore how it can best implement environmental, social, or governance goals through the engagement of our investment managers.” —Margarita Curtis
Nilsson Appointed King’s Head of School
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capital is managed by “several outside fund managers,” similar to Deerfield’s method. In recent years, many investors who used an ESG filter found that their return were better than without the filter. According to the PRI, 63% of over 2,000 studies since 1970 found a “positive link” between a company’s ESG performance and its financial performance, and only 10% showed a “negative link.” The new awareness and pressure for responsible investment is clear. The PRI reported that 86% of millenials believe that sustainable investing is more important now than it was five years ago. Shreyas Sinha ’19 said, “Deerfield is not uncommon in making controversial investments. I think Deerfield has the right to make investments wherever we want, unless we are crossing an extreme line of morality.” He gave the example of child labor as crossing a line. Kishor Bharadwaj ’19, President of the student-run Investment Club, thinks that “[Deerfield] should set up reasonable standards for ethics when they’re investing.” He clarified that Deerfield “should be reasonable, and not invest in something that will be unsustainable or ruin hundreds and thousands of people’s lives, but at the same time, DA can’t avoid every unethical corner.” Continued on News, p. 4
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A Thank You to Mr. Koch MAGGIE TYDINGS
Vol. XCIII, No. 7
Editors-in-Chief Joshua Fang & Orlee Marini-Rapoport Opinion & Editorial Editor Nadia Jo
Graphics Editor Madeline Lee
News Editor Thomas Song
Online Editor Simon Lam
Features Editor Emma Earls
Associate Online Editors John Chung Emma Johnson
Arts & Entertainment Editor Claire Quan Sports Editor Maggie Tydings Buzz Editor Soo Min Lee Photography Editor Britney Cheung
Associate Photography Editor Harbour Woodward Associate Editors Lily Faucett Anna Fu Sarah Jung Annie Kane Jae Won Moon Seth Thayumanavan
Advisors Julianne Schloat, Sam Savage and Marissa Cornelius The Deerfield Scroll, established in 1925, is the official student newspaper of Deerfield Academy. The Scroll encourages informed discussion of pertinent issues that concern the Academy and the world. Signed letters to the editor that express legitimate opinions are welcomed. We hold the right to edit for brevity. Opinion articles with names attached represent only the views of the respective writers. Opinion articles without names represent the consensus views of the editorial board.
Let’s Acknowledge Sexual Intimacy on Campus BOARD EDITORIAL According to the Student Handbook, “Sexual intimacy – including undress – is not permitted for students at Deerfield.” The online Deerfield Rules and Expectations states that if caught engaging in sexual intimacy, students could face a number of consequences, including required counseling, Letters of Reprimand, and more. However, students are undoubtedly sexually active on campus, and the administration has acknowledged this. Thus, the rule seems to have a confusing
entirely comfortable with because they are cornered into isolated places on campus with only their sexual partners around. We believe that the administration aims to prioritize student safety above all else. If it truly wants to ensure students’ utmost safety in sexual relationships, it must more actively encourage healthy sexual intimacy by allowing us to operate within the welcome sanction of school rules. The first step the school should take is to change the aforementioned rule prohibiting intimacy to allow for the fact that students will be having sexual contact on campus regardless. We would also like the Health Center and the administration to more discreetly offer us condoms. For example, the school could place condoms in bathrooms and dormitories. We thank the Health Center and the administration for providing access to $10/ month birth control pills upon request and for offering discreet STI testing. Yet, many students are unaware of MADELINE LEE/DEERFIELD SCROLL these options; perhaps open discussion outside of purpose. By officially denying Health class about the resources students the ability to have sexual at the Health Center could further relations, the school contributes to normalize them. an uncomfortable environment for To increase sexual safety and those who choose to have sexual education, the Scroll Board also contact in secret. calls on the administration to The Scroll Board acknowledges require dorm residents to make an that the administration must walk emergency plan for students when a fine line between catering to the checking in for parietals. This kind student body and the parents of of system should extend to every students who might not want the dorm on campus. school to explicitly allow sexual The administration should activity. We understand that also clarify teachers’ roles during the school, which is functioning parietals. We find that teachers in loco parentis, must straddle often use their own discretion many different lines, as there is in deciding the extent of their a vast difference between the involvement. This disparity, rules various parents would feel along with the unnecessary comfortable with in their own complications that currently homes. accompany sexual intimacy Yet prohibiting intimacy on campus, can be solved with does not stop students from further clarification from the participating in sexual activities. administration. Some students might be less likely We all have different roles in to seek out proper birth control and making our campus even safer protection due to the spontaneous and healthier, and we hope that nature of the hookup culture we we as students can work with the consider prevalent on campus. administration together to clarify Others might be pressured into rules and expectations in a way doing things that they are not that enhances this goal.
Continued from Front In a petition started by Deerfield alumnus Edward H. Plimpton ’70 to remove Mr. Koch’s lifetime trusteeship, Mr. Plimpton states, “His advocacy of libertarian politics is his prerogative, but Deerfield Academy does not need to sanction this perspective which seeks to remove governmental safeguards on the environment.” However, by accepting Mr. Koch’s donations and honoring him as a Lifetime Trustee, Deerfield Academy as an institution is not acknowledging and praising his political views but rather acknowledging and praising his dedication to Deerfield. Mr. Plimpton cites Jane Mayer’s
New York Times bestselling book Dark Money in his petition against Mr. Koch. My grandfather gifted me this same book shortly before he passed. For those who have not had the privilege of reading Mayer’s work, it focuses upon people of means, like Mr. Koch, and their role in campaign corruption. My grandfather told me that this corruption is the problem my generation has to solve. This is the problem that will shape our world. He could not have been more ardently opposed to Mr. Koch and his politics. But my grandfather also knew that Mr. Koch was the reason I was receiving such a magnificent education. He knew that Mr. Koch’s generous contributions were going towards educating the next generation of leaders that
would tackle pertinent issues that Mr. Koch failed to address. Every day I jump in the cold water of the David H. Koch Natatorium and leave a faster swimmer because of it. Every day I walk through the double doors of the Koch Center and leave slightly more adept at precalculus because of it. Every Sunday I step into the goal on the turf of the David H. Koch Field House and leave a better teammate because of it. Mr. Koch’s generous contributions are the reason we, as Deerfield students, are provided with countless opportunities that will enrich our lives forever. I am who I am today because of Mr. Koch’s contributions and that is irrefutable. Thank you, Mr. Koch.
On Silence and Shells MIA SILBERSTEIN Contributing Writer
In the American classroom, speech is intelligence and volume is power. We have fostered a culture in which those who speak most are praised for their extroversion and boldness, while those who stay silent are berated for their lack of enthusiasm, interest, or even intellect. As a culture, we have come to understand that intelligence is measured by the duration for which one speaks, not the quality of their contributions. We have been taught to prize the student who speaks the loudest, or persists the longest until their voice dominates over all others. We then see the quiet students as those incapable or stunted by their lack of aggression or intrinsic introversion. Movies have sought to romanticize such a character as the smart, shy student who knows all the answers but huddles quietly in the corner – but who, by the end of the film, has been “brought out of their shell” and speaks openly and proudly in front of the awestruck class, usually to the crescendo of an indie pop hit as the closing credits roll. We have therefore been taught that quietness is an unnatural affliction to be cured. The term “brought out of your shell” has always been puzzling to me. I believe that shells, in animals that possess them, are there for a purpose – protection, shelter, even survival. To suggest that the thing which some individuals use as their means of survival is something they then must be stripped of, or “brought out of,” is
to suggest that their adapted way of life is less-than, or inadequate, when, in fact, it is simply another facet of their being. Yet we find ourselves, time and time again, submitting to the loudest, most aggressive voices, simply because those of us with shells were not created to shed them. I believe that the experience of a quiet student is not inherently gendered. However, as a woman
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in American society, I carry a separate burden; a separate shell, carefully crafted through centuries of a male-dominated culture. Historically, we have taught women to sit, submit, agree, and leave the airspace to the men, who are brought up to believe that say is a given extension of their
existence. As women, we are taught that in inserting ourselves into this airspace, we carry a certain responsibility to produce something worthy of expending attention, and, inevitably, we feel the compulsion to ask permission before doing so. We have been brought up to ask permission for things that are ours simply by the birthright of being human (such as speaking up in a classroom), yet all our lives are subconsciously drilled into us as privileges or exceptions. Women are taught that the space we occupy is rented. We are haunted by feelings of inadequacy, impermanence, and impostor syndrome, yet we are surrounded by men who claim that space as birthright. We are taught to second guess and repress until we are left with only our own voices in our heads for company. It is no wonder that this manifests itself in the classroom. I struggle daily to not only unlearn the lessons of restraint and silence so deeply ingrained in our culture, but to combat an element of my personality which I have been consistently told is incompatible with the world around me. Whether quietness is due to nature or nurture, the misconceptions around it must change in order for society to advance. The shell of quietness is not inherently inferior. However, the perpetuation of traditions that seek to thrust that shell onto those who were not born with it is quite a different story.
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How Deerfield Can Stay Relevant KISHOR BHARADWAJ Contributing Writer
I think I can safely assume most seniors have been asked the question “why do you want to go to college?” either by their college advisor, an interviewer, or some overly-inquisitive and bright-eyed underclassman. The answer should be, “Well, if you haven’t noticed, I go to a collegepreparatory school.” So the question should really be, “Why do you go to a college preparatory school?”
language needed to prosper in any field, but also, as Noam Chomsky suggests, language is inherently connected to our thinking. Writing is an incredibly powerful tool that allows people to minimize entropy while formulating and reformulating thoughts. However, for Deerfield to better prepare students, English should be taught at multiple levels. One as it is currently taught, through literature – and one that teaches the skills of effective reading, writing, thinking, and communication
”Deerfield needs to recognize both the importance of conformity and individuality.” — Kishor Bharadwaj There definitely exist far cheaper and cost-effective methods to guarantee matriculation to a decent university than to attend Deerfield, an expensive private school. If the mid-twentieth-century days of Deerfield shipping off kids to various Ivy League schools are over, and there are far cheaper ways to become college-ready, what use is a college preparatory school? Obviously there still exists a demand for these types of schools – otherwise they wouldn’t be able to charge the amount they do. Indeed, the vast majority of my peers, including myself, value Deerfield as something far greater than an incubator for higher education. However, various actions can be taken by the administration to equip students with a more holistic toolkit that prepares them better for the future. I present two solutions below: Teach English differently. As a STEM student, I am glad we are required to take four years of English, because not only is a strong command for the English
through a more direct and explicit approach. A piece of literature works well as the epicenter of an English class, as its nebulousness and complexity beckon students to read, think, and write about it. I must say, though, this approach has not worked too well for me. English classes based on literature reward only those who enjoy literature by providing them the gift of thinking and communicating through writing. However, for those students who lack interest in the literature at hand, the current system does not incentivize them to think as critically and creatively as possible. I believe boredom is a signal to the brain to “do something more productive, or at least do something else than what you’re doing right now,” as Jordan Peterson and other modern-day thinkers suggest. Thus, a bored brain will have no interest to pursue things critically or interest to think and argue about something. In essence, those bored by the literature of English class are at a disadvantage. The purpose of English class is not to solely teach literature, but to teach
students how to communicate, read, think and write with power. The study of literature is obviously an important and necessary aspect of education, but cannot be the only tool used to teach critical thinking to students. Promote a realistic community that works with, not against, conformity. Deerfield can also help students better understand the linkage between conformity and creativity and between dominance and recompense. An issue brought up frequently in left-wing media is the discussion of identity. Identity is defined by such media groups as something one has significant control over, by bringing up concepts such as judgment-free zones. For example, it is wrong for one to judge somebody with multiple piercings and tattoos on their face, as this is only an expression of their identity. Yet, even though left-wing media groups consider identity as this free concept, at the same time, identity allegedly can’t be shared equally, because of perceived mockery or cultural appropriation. For example, I, an English speaker with a natural Indian accent, can get away with imitating a white accent, whereas if a white person spoke in India with an Indian accent, they would be castigated for mockery and appropriation, even though the white person is attempting to assimilate to the larger majority culture. I see identity as something more communal. Identity is something that is partially shaped by oneself, and partially by the people around them. People should be free to express themselves how they want to, and others should be free to judge them accordingly. Deerfield needs to ease off on efforts to only focus on each person’s individuality and
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instead focus on a cultivation of a collective individuality. To an extent, conformity is important. Most people wouldn’t be employed if it weren’t for their ability to conform. One can be extremely talented and competent, but if they are a pain in the rear end to work with, they won’t get any business. At the same time, most people wouldn’t be employed if it weren’t for their individual talents and personalities. Deerfield needs to recognize both the importance of conformity and individuality. Conformity breeds good execution, while individuality breeds good creativity. To express true individuality, one needs to risk offending others by challenging the status quo. Otherwise, we’d still be in the dark ages. To execute tasks, one needs to risk his or her individuality for a collective good. Otherwise, we’d have a boatload of ideas and no work to show. By only bringing importance to individuality and ensuring people do not get offended, Deerfield may be shortchanging impressionable students who believe the rest of the world also attaches this level of importance to individuality and pleasantry.
Many classmates tell me about how “the school has gone soft.” I believe this is what they’re referring to: the lack of acceptance of the importance of an equilibrium between individuality and conformity, and how this balance cannot be decided by just by majorities or minorities (seen in the example regarding the white person in India), or by some arbitrary, quantifiable factor. Rather, it can only be understood by a critical and inquisitive human mind. By creating a culture that teaches boring conformists and “snowflakes” to live symbiotically instead of in opposition, Deerfield can ensure their students shine. I want the best for the community and want to ensure we live up to our motto. Our actions trailblaze our heritage, meaning we (over time) create our heritage. In order of us to be worthy of our heritage, we must be worthy of ourselves. We can only do this by never settling and continually striving for excellence. As of now, I think the school does many things well, but still has significant room to improve. If I can add my perspective to move the needle ever so slightly more towards excellence, then I am grateful.
Deerfield Should Drop AP Classes JAE WON MOON
Associate Editor Deerfield Academy holds a strong reputation among the New England boarding schools for its rigorous and intentional academic programs. The Academy offers college level courses in many departments, ranging from biology to calculus to Spanish. Although Deerfield’s mission is to prepare students for a rapidly changing world, Deerfield’s academic curriculum does not seem to be adapting to the rapidly changing world of education. The Advanced Placement classes and their syllabi have been hindering Deerfield from progressing as an institution namely for four main reasons: function, time, money and pressure. Developed in the 1950s, the AP exams were designed based off an experiment done by three prep schools: Lawrenceville, Exeter, and Andover, with three colleges, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. The outcomes were predictable. Students from these prep schools who went on to enroll at these colleges ended up taking classes which repeated material they learned back in high school. Therefore, in order to allow high school students to place into the appropriate classes and to earn college credit, the College Board developed the AP exams and their
syllabi. Sixty years later, the AP Exams do not serve the same purpose anymore. According to a study done by the Progressive Policy Institute, “Eighty-six percent of the top 153 universities and colleges in the United States restrict the awarding of AP credit.” Furthermore, schools such as Brown University, Dartmouth University, Williams College, and Amherst College, schools in which Deerfield graduates frequently e n r o l l , simply do not accept a n y AP
plan out a curricula in which it is recognized on the course catalog that it is par with the college level courses? Deerfield Academy has already formed strong and trusting relationships with colleges that if the Academy says that a course is college level, colleges will wholeheartedly believe the institution. The AP classes also take the learning away from the coursework. The College Board has overloaded the AP Exams with material that cannot be covered through one school year without rushing through it. This overload puts pressure on the teachers who teach these classes. In classes such as Honors United States History, H o n o r s European History, Latin IV, faculty members often feel forced to rush students. MARK CHUNG/DEERFIELD SCROLL the In a humanities credit. Is it classroom, which thrives off of not a waste for students to spend good discussion and meaningful $81 per exam to not receive credit questions, it is not fair to the for anything? students who want to learn the If students want to show material rather than to be prepared colleges that they are capable of for a meaningless exam in May. taking college level work, I do Deerfield Academy attracts not believe that the AP syllabus some of the brightest students is a good representation of that. in the country. However, often Deerfield teachers are well times those students put pressure aware of the present-day college on other students. This has syllabus, yet we stubbornly been a problem because of AP choose to follow an anachronistic courses. Often times, students feel syllabus. Could Deerfield teachers burdened to take a certain course
because it has been labeled as AP. This endless cycle of adding AP classes and exams to the student’s schedule has led to an extremely toxic and competitive cycle at Deerfield. I urge all of the departments, particularly those with classes following the AP syllabi without even being labelled “AP,” to abandon the AP curricula. So much learning happens when the burden of preparing students
no families should feel financially pressured to spend hundreds of dollars on AP Exams. Deerfield students are very focused on college success to the point where I heard in one of my classes, “I need to take this AP exam so that I can go to college.” That environment is toxic because students are spreading a notion that AP scores determine college success.
“Why are we following an outdated syllabus when we can learn so much more and truly be prepared for a rapidly changing world?” — Jae Won Moon for an exam is dropped. AP exams are a financial burden to many families. The AP exams come at a jaw-dropping cost, as regular AP exams are priced at $81 and the seminars exams are priced at $142. This price should be considered expensive to everyone. Some of my peers in the junior class have mentioned that their bill for AP exams totaled up to $800 and sometimes a grand. This should not be happening. AP exams are a severe burden on a lot of the students. Even for families who are on financial aid at Deerfield, fee waivers are often denied because of the strict qualifications to receive them. For exams that do not determine college success or learning ability,
University of Chicago is one of the colleges that have taken a clear stance that AP scores or test scores in general will never determine the candidates admission. Yet, there still seems to be a misconception that AP exams are significant to the college process. Our peer schools such as St. Paul’s School and Phillips Exeter Academy have dropped the AP syllabus from their curricula. Although Deerfield Academy’s English, history, and language classes are not labeled as AP classes, they have been following the AP syllabus. Why are we following an outdated syllabus when we can learn so much more and truly be prepared for a rapidly changing world?
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A Look into Deerfield’s Endowment and Investing Guidelines LILIA BROOKER Senior Writer
Continued from Front Mason Horton ’19, one of the leaders of Deerfield Young Republicans, stated, “I don’t think that we should try to stop the school from investing in companies that are looking to help the Academy in financial ways. Unfortunately, the world today is run by money and not a moral or ethical code. With this in mind, the school is just doing ‘good business.’” Horton also believes that Deerfield “should be open about” where it is investing money. Beth Hooker, Sustainability Education Coordinator and Assistant Director of Deerfield’s Center for Service and Global Citizenship, was hesitant to comment directly on Deerfield’s investments, but stated that “ESG
investing has been shown to be worthwhile.” David Miller, Director of the CSGC, acknowledged the nuance of investing. “Some people will say that every food that you buy or eat is a vote, so if you eat meat, that’s helping keep the meat industry alive. Your investments in some ways are not saying you endorse something, but it is helping an industry stay alive,” he said. “When we [as a nonprofit] make donations to the local community, I think we should be loud about it to our students, so students can see the institution modeling a commitment to the values it’s trying to teach,” Miller said. Another one of Deerfield’s considerations is that it must have a competitive endowment to keep up with its peer schools, such as Phillips Andover, Phillips Exeter, and St. Paul’s School. At the end of June 2018, Deerfield’s endowment was $622
million, or approximately $877,000 per student, according to Keith Finan, Associate Head of School for Operations. St. Paul’s School’s $633.3 million endowment breaks down to about $1.15 million per student. Andover’s $1.105 billion endowment averages about 50,000 more dollars per student compared to Deerfield. Exeter’ endowment was $1.25 billion as of June, 2017, the largest of Deerfield’s peers. He explained that Deerfield’s Investment Committee is comprised of trustees plus three non-trustees, as well as a consultant that helps choose fund managers. Members are chosen based on level of experience, prior success in investment, and familiarity with the stock market. Many of them work or have worked in the financial sector. The Investment Committee looks to balance and diversify its portfolio. They invest in public and private equities, international stocks, and domestic stocks. 4%
of the endowment is allocated to support the operating budget each year. Their goal is to make a return that is at least 5% above inflation, according to Finan. Finan recently presented a report to the Finance Committee to explain how changes in income and expenditure could impact the long-term financial sustainability of the school. The school must consider how each expense may affect financial performance. Finan explained that there are four main factors that impact asset usage rate: size of the student body, tuition increase rate, financial aid, and program expenditures. Even small percentages of such large sums of money can impact one of these four areas. For example, if Deerfield transitions to needblind admission, it would cost $73 million by 2030 and add 1% to the asset use rate. These impacts would hurt Deerfield’s long-term stability. He stressed the importance of
intergenerational equity. “We try to look at not just the next year or two, but I try to look out ten, fifty, actually even one hundred years in terms of the endowment,” he explained. Excellent financial management is vital because “costs are rising and we have few ways to make the delivery of our product, [education], more efficient,” said Finan. “Right now, every student at Deerfield gets between a $25,000 to $30,000 scholarship, even if you pay the sticker price,” said Finan. It costs Deerfield about $85,000 to $90,000 dollars per student to run the school for a year. The endowment provides students with the resources that allow them to reach their full potential, all the way down to the small details. Finan highlighted that Deerfield’s endowment and its management “makes the difference between having an average experience and an exceptional experience.”
Deerfield Pursues Sustainable Practices Across Campus JING HE
Staff Writer Ever since the adoption of “Environmental Stewardship” into the school mission in 2008, Deerfield has taken up many environmentally-focused projects and initiatives, such as Think 80/20 and Back to Tap Water, that have made immense progress in improving the school and community. Sustainability at the academy is not just limited to projects to preserve energy and natural resources, but also the involvement and promotion of the educational component where students are taught “leadership in a rapidly changing world that requires global understanding, environmental stewardship, and dedication to service.” Ivory Hills, the former Director of Sustainability and current
interested in being a sustainable organization, or are we primarily interested in educating students about sustainability.” An example and a current practice well known to students is the weekly Sunday dorm clean ups. “It doesn’t always happen perfectly well when students do it,” Dr. Hills said, “and we do get contaminated recycling waste streams.” Although an alternative is to hire an outside company to streamline and perfect the task, Dr. Hills recognizes that in doing so students would lose the education and practice in the process. “Students should learn how to do dorm clean up, and students should learn how to recycle,” he explains. Mr. Purington, the current Environmental Management Coordinator, explained another
“I can sit in my office and design a plan that can work, but the challenge is finding an effective way to explain it to the students and faculty so that they are understood and implemented in the way it’s been designed.” — David Purington Academic Dean, spoke about the considerations and challenges the team has to keep in mind while planning and implementing initiatives: “One [challenge] is to figure out how we answer the question of are we primarily
challenge he often faces in the planning and the implementation process. “I can sit in my office and design a plan that can work,” he explained, “but the challenge is finding an effective way to explain
it to the students and faculty so that they are understood and implemented in the way it’s been designed.” In his experience working on the 80/20 program, there has been many changes and adaptations on an ongoing basis to not only improve and develop the plan but also make it better for the people and the facility team participating in it. “When we first rolled out 80/20, composting wasn’t part of it. And then composting became a little piece of it, and since then composting has expanded to become a major part of the program,” he said. Mr. Purington recognized that the Deerfield community is generally very accepting of the idea of recycling, though the sheer amount of people affected by the smallest decisions made by the team leads to questions like where to put the waste materials, what vehicles to use transport them, where to take them and how much does that process costs. Mr. Purington is currently working on a detailed study of how solar may be extended to more places on campus. In mid-January 2018, the brand new Physical Plant Trades Shop implemented a new system with 222 solar panels, almost five times as big as the system on New Dorm. During 2018, it produced 83,843 kWh/year,” according to Mr. Purington. To provide some context, the average use of electricity in each of 40-plus single and two family
COURTESY OF BETH HOOKER Solar panels on the Koch Center on roof, which provide some of the energy used by the building.
houses on campus is about 610 kWh per month. Thus, the electricity produced by the solar system at the Trades Shop is equivalent to the usage at 11 to 12 typical households. From solar panels to recycling during Sunday clean-ups, there numerous areas in which the academy promotes sustainability. Student and faculty involvements and participations has drastically increased over the years along with the integration of Sustainability with Global
Studies and Community Services. The Dining Services team have also been leading efforts from promoting healthier diets such as the Live Clean, Eat Dirty campaign to local purchasings of organic products to promote sustainability. “There’s so, so many personal decisions people can make, one decision at a time,” Mr. Purington relates, “and each of those decisions has a small impact, and each person’s impact can add up to things.”
1950s & 1960s Yearbooks Reveal Blackface, Native American Caricatures LILIA BROOKER Senior Writer
Continued from Front There were also multiple instances of students dressing as Native Americans. An image in 1954 depicts a man speaking on stage while dressed in redface with a war bonnet. “It’s a form of bullying and continued colonialism,” said Kaelene Spang ’19, head of the Native American Cultural Alliance, about the photo. “As a
Native American, when I see stuff like that, it hurts my self-esteem.” Spang called the redface “cultural appropriation,” saying the war bonnet and tradition of face painting are sacred parts of Native American culture. In another set of images from 1950, a mass of students are dressed up as Native Americans from head to toe. There is a long history of Deerfield Academy and the town participating together in a pageant reenactment of the Deerfield Massacre, the 1704 raid during which French and Native
American forces attacked the English settlement in Deerfield, killing 47 villagers. “It’s a ham-handed, buffoonish way for the Deerfield students back then to connect themselves with the history of the area, and specifically with the raid of 1704,” said Science Teacher Dennis Cullinane, who is the faculty advisor of the Native American Cultural Alliance. One McAlister 2 hall photo from 1972 shows a group of boys piled on top of a mass grave in the Albany Road graveyard with
fake arrow injuries. Perhaps most shockingly, a faculty member poses next to them with a bow and a shovel, and is labeled as “Ghoul” in the caption. “I think my skin would crawl if I personally tried to walk into a graveyard with a shovel, even if pretending to perform such a disrespectful deed,” Dr. Cullinane added. In addition to the photographs, the 1952 and 1960 yearbooks also included cartoons of colonists fleeing from caricatured Native Americans, who are shooting at
them with bow and arrow. “From Deerfield, it’s kind of surprising,” Spang said. “You would think Deerfield is the place where there’s not any cultural appropriation. This year, I’ve also experienced some racism, which I was very surprised by as well.” No instances of blackface or redface were found in any yearbooks after the 1970s. “The lesson to take away from these photos is that we can’t alter the past; however, we can use this to shape Deerfield’s future,” Ransom said.
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Nilsson Appointed King’s Head of School SARAH JUNG Associate Editor
Peter Nilsson was appointed as the third Head of School for King’s Academy in Jordan. He was previously an English teacher and Director of Research, Innovation, and Outreach at Deerfield and is currently on sabbatical. This appointment was officially announced on January 31, 2019. He will succeed Dr. John Austin, who is returning to the United States to serve as the new Head of School at Deerfield Academy. Mr. Nilsson arrived at Deerfield in 2000 to teach English but took a four year hiatus in order to pursue music in New York City. He has taught courses on Paradise Lost, intersections of literature and science, New England poetry, digital humanities, and how form shapes content in literature. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Nilsson manages the “Educator’s Notebook,” a site that collects and shares news related to education from around the world. He also is the Founder and Executive Director of the Athena Project, a nonprofit dedicated to resource sharing, collaboration, and professional development.
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After he had submitted his application, he was informed that he was a semifinalist, and then completed a Skype interview with King’s full search committee. Then, when he heard back that he was a finalist, he flew to King’s for a week in December. He heard the outcome in January.
“While King’s was inspired by experiences at Deerfield and shares many traits, it’s important to remember that it lives in a different context, with a different student body composition, a different faculty, and many different traditions,” said Mr. Nilsson. “My role is not to further
Mr. Nilsson had many factors to consider before he made the decision to accept the position. He said, “I thought about what it would mean for family and for our careers. ... I found an inspiring group of deeply committed people and an opportunity to apply myself in schools in a new way.” As he researched, Mr. Nilsson also mentioned how he began to realize geopolitically how important and admirable Jordan
is as a country. He elaborated, “Jordan is an extraordinary nation, a bastion of stability in a destabilized region, and my few direct experiences in Jordan are filled with generous and caring people.” Despite the historical and cultural bonds between Deerfield and King’s Academy, Dr. Curtis clarified that Deerfield and King’s do not have any formal affiliation. Nonetheless, HRM King Abdullah II did ask Dr. Curtis’ predecessor Eric Widmer ’57 to serve as King’s first head of school, and Mr. Nilsson’s appointment further enhances this relationship. Dr. Curtis added that Deerfield and King’s have additionally exchanged several students, faculty, and even chefs. While Deerfield and King’s share a connection, the community at King’s is different and unique. Aside from the sit-down meals and circular teaching tables, many traditions at King’s diverge from traditions at Deerfield.
Earlier this term, the Deerfield Scroll conducted a student body survey in collaboration with several other preparatory school newspapers from the Eight Schools Association (ESA). Apart from Deerfield, three other schools, Exeter, Andover, and Northfield Mount Hermon chose to participate in the survey. The goal was to better understand student life at Deerfield in the context of our peer schools. A couple of weeks ago, the survey results were released to the Deerfield community. These results sparked conversation across the campus. The survey itself, which dealt with all aspects of student life, including drugs and alcohol, sex, and relationships, was rather surprising to some of the community. Some students even expressed a belief that the results were entirely representative of the genuine opinions of all members of the community. Peter Sanford ’20 expressed his own belief on the matter, saying, “I think a lot of students could get embarrassed or scared by some of the questions. I know the survey was anonymous, but I don’t think many people would willingly admit to the public that they have
He said, “I feel like I can talk to my close friends about my political views, even if we disagree, but when I expand to talking with other members of the community, I think there is a stigma around such topics. We need to feel more comfortable respectfully disagreeing.” The survey also delved into health and wellness, including self-harm, sexual harassment, and hazing. In all these areas, the majority of students have never experienced any of these issues, but these problems remain important for the community to address. Self-harm was particularly prevalent. More than one in five girls at Deerfield reported to have engaged in selfharm at least once. Sanford expressed his worries on the matter, stating, “I’m very glad that I myself have never been hazed, and that most of the school hasn’t either, but it’s still a problem that even such a small amount of the student body could have had to deal with such issues.” Oliveira agreed with Sanford, saying, “I really think our school should have zero-tolerance for hazing and sexual assault, and I hope we can continue to work on improving these issues in the future.” This brings up the question of
bring Deerfield to King’s, but to listen and to learn from the people who have been living and breathing King’s particular mission.” Dr. Curtis advised, “Deerfield is over 200 years old, whereas King’s has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. The difference in age between the two schools—and the vastly divergent cultural contexts in which each operates—are just two major factors that would
“This appointment is humbling. Taking on this role—moving one’s family and life especially from a place and a community that we love—was not an easy decision, but one that was made easier by the singular and inspired vision for the school.” - Peter Nilsson Referring to the potential of Deerfield having had a role in King’s search process, Head of School Margarita Curtis stated, “Deerfield does not play a role in selecting leadership for any other school, nor was I involved personally in the selection process, but if one of our employees applies for a position, we do provide references, upon request.” Mr. Nilsson was taken by surprise when he first received an email from Carney Sandoe, which informed him that he had been recommended as a candidate for the position. “I hadn’t been actively engaged in a search—my time on sabbatical had been focused on developing Athena, an education nonprofit, and when I received the email, I read it out loud to my wife in shock,” he said. He ultimately applied for the job because he realized, “This is a unique opportunity, and opportunity sometimes only knocks once.”
Students React to Scroll Student Body Survey SETH THAYUMANAVAN
“Mr. Nilsson is a talented, dedicated educator and has an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset that’s well suited to a new school dedicated to excellence. ” - Margarita Curtis King’s Academy’s trustees sought to find a visionary leader for their school and said, “We wanted an energetic thoughtleader … as eager to keep learning as to take action.” The search process for this position, which began in late August of last year, was conducted by King’s trustees and Carney Sandoe and Associates, an appointed educational consulting firm..
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influence the attributes required for effective leadership.” However, Dr. Curtis had full faith in Mr. Nilsson’s capabilities, saying, “Mr. Nilsson is a talented, dedicated educator and has an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset that’s well suited to a new school dedicated to excellence.” “Being a Head of School isn’t easy,” she said, “But Mr. Nilsson’s skillset—and his positive, optimistic disposition—will serve him well!” “This appointment is humbling,” said Mr. Nilsson. “The more one reads about Jordan’s role in the region, and about King’s Academy’s role in Jordan, the more clear and profound the responsibility of the Head of School. Taking on this role— and moving one’s family and life, especially from a place and a community that we love—was not an easy decision, but one that was made easier by the singular and inspired vision for the school. ahead.”
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drugs and alcohol on campus.” However, this is not an opinion shared by everyone. David Chen ’20 had a lot more confidence in the honesty of the student body, stating, “I think that the results of the survey are accurate, taking into consideration that not all our students participated. I believe that our students would take this kind of survey seriously and they wouldn’t answer questions untruthfully or in a joking manner.” In addition, the survey sparked conversation about how Deerfield compared to other schools in the ESA, as well as whether we should be proud of the results we received. According to Peer Counselor Caio Paiva-Oliveira, such results reflect the culture at Deerfield, and if such issues are found, steps should be taken to change them. One issue immediately apparent to the community was the problem of self-censorship of political views. According to the survey, 64.86% of students said that they worried that they needed to hide their political views at some point on campus, as opposed to only 58.09% in the rest of the ESA. Oliveira agreed that this is a problem.
how Deerfield, and other schools in the ESA, can work to improve student life and help get rid of these issues. Chen sees the survey as an opportunity to work together with our peers to help end these issues. He stated, “boarding school experience is really one that is unique and prep schools should be unified in their efforts to prevent bullying, sexual assault and the various of other problems that present themselves … Of course, the community can improve itself based on the results. I don’t think we can ever reach a point where we, as a school and a community, can say that there is absolutely nothing to improve upon.” Oliveira also commented on moving forward, saying “Deerfield is a great place, and seeing all the issues come to light just gives us an incentive to keep improving.” The survey gave the Deerfield community a chance to look at itself through a new lens. The results of the survey helped the community not only learn more about the current life on campus, but also taught us how to improve the atmosphere of Deerfield moving forward.
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“Speak About” Healthy Relationships SABRINA TICER-WURR Staff Writer
According to the results of a recent school-wide survey conducted by the Scroll, 92% of Deerfield students believe that there is a hook-up culture on campus. The Student Life Office and the Health Center have both expressed that it is crucial that there is programming to inform students and to promote a dialogue about healthy relationships on campus. As part of an initiative to further this conversation, Deerfield invited a group called Speak About It to come to campus and address topics such as boundaries and consent. Speak About It is a nonprofit that works with high schools and colleges to promote healthy choices in regard to relationships. The group comes highly recommended by peer schools and other faculty, and they have visited Deerfield before as part of the Transition to College workshop for seniors. Health Teacher Margaret Brown, who has seen the group’s work in action, is optimistic about
their impact on the campus. “They’re young, they’re energetic, and I think they do a good job connecting with students,” she said. The decision to bring Speak About It was organized by the Gender and Consent Working Group, which consists of Anna Gonzales and the University of Pennsylvania teaching fellows: Marissa Cornelius, Benjamin Grimm, Parker Lawlor, Eliza Mott, Hannah Insuik, Chinyere Odim, and Eliot Sakach. The group was formed in November and works in conjunction with Assistant Head for Student Life Amie Creagh and the Student Life Office to educate the student body on issues revolving around consent and healthy relationships. The group members initially came together to brainstorm the best way to foster necessary conversations around healthy relationships and consent that included all genders. “We don’t have a mission statement; we just meet for lunch, but the main goal was in the long term to try and revamp Deerfield’s approach to teaching consent in a
programatic way, over the course of a whole year,” said Philosophy and Religion Teacher Mr. Grimm. “That’s how the group formed. Based on that desire to do more.” Speak About It talked to the students via a special school meeting on Feb 28. Students split into two groups, one consisting of underclassmen, and the other of upperclassmen. This decision was suggested by Speak About it, in an attempt to cater information to each age group by targeting what is most pertinent to them. Ms. Creagh explained “How you message that to a 13-year-old and talk about it is very different than with a 19-year-old. It is important to be philosophically coherent and also simultaneously tailoring how you speak with students to their developmental target.” In the age of the #MeToo movement and the surge of women speaking up about misconduct, the topic of healthy relationships is as important as ever. Deerfield hopes that Speak About It’s impact will help further promote a continuing dialogue on campus.
ITS Prioritizes Cyber-Security ANEESHA MISHRA Staff Writer
Deerfield has stepped up efforts to protect students from phishing. As an email about the topic to the Deerfield faculty explained, phishing “is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person in email or other communication channels.” “We’re worried about phishing because [it] is really on the uprise right now,” said Director of Information and Technology Services Kimberley Butz. The issue of cyber-security at Deerfield extends beyond phishing, though, and ITS aims to help students protect themselves and their devices. “[The school uses] Palo ALTo firewall technology, one of the leading providers in the world for networking technology,” Ms. Butz explained. “All of [Deerfield’s] networking traffic either coming in or going out to the internet, and most of the traffic going around
campus as well, goes through those firewalls.” The system was incorporated eighteen months ago and updates several times a day. It will likely continue to be used for the next three to four years. Since the majority of Deerfield systems use the same account, this protection is necessary. Banking or health information are the only things that are not stored on the system, as the financial office and health center use a different, more secure system. Ms. Butz also said that there is higher protection for certain faculty, implemented through both software and hardware. She said that the staff with the highest level of access do not use Macs, they use Windows machines. She said, ”It is actually a little bit easier to control the security that way.” The documents of these staff members are also encrypted. DAInfo went through a change recently, in response to the concern for protection. Previously, there
was the option for people with access to DAInfo to download and print out the student roster, which could then be shared separately. The feature was removed this year to protect students’ information. “[We’re] constantly reviewing what people have access to and weighing the balance of what people need to know versus what they would like to know,” said Ms. Butz. Ms. Butz added that she would like to ask students how much information they believe should be shared on DAInfo. She said, “If there are students who think we are sharing more than we should be, I’d … like to hear that.” Ms. Butz gave some final pieces of advice on how to protect yourself: “Make sure you have a complex password …change your password frequently as is reasonable… never let anyone else, including parents, use your account…stay really alert for phishing messages, [and] be careful of what you share on social media.”
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Gita Trelease’s Enchantée LILY ZENG Staff Writer
On Feb 5, Gita Trelease published her debut novel Enchantée, an “escape into a fantasy world,” as Ms. Trelease put it. Ms. Trelease, member of the Deerfield community since 2005 and spouse of Art Teacher Tim Trelease, immigrated to the United States from Sweden at the age of 5, and recognized that this time in her life sparked a love of reading, which then spiraled into a love of writing. “Books were a way for me to understand American culture,” she said, “Books were really important to me and, because I read so much, I decided I wanted to try to do that for myself.” Ms. Trelease described her historical fantasy genre as very enjoyable to write, saying “I get to research and explore this whole world, and build it up.”
from college and promptly fell in love with the city and its history. I’ve been wanting to set a story there for a long time.” She explained how people typically think of the French Revolution in terms of its last year, the bloodiest and most violent part. However, she strived to create a milder setting in the first years of the event, which she described as “a morally gray time, when high ideals warred with prejudice.” Upon reflection of her first publication, Trelease described herself as lucky. “It has to do with what’s happening in the market and my agent liked the writing, so all those things had to come together,” she explained. Ms. Trelease said she was fortunate both that she had writing partners who contributed to the revision process and that she was able to find an agent who had been publicly searching for a novel set
“Books were a way for me to understand American culture. Books were really important to me and, because I read so much, I decided I wanted to try to do that for myself.” - Gita Trelease In Enchantée, magic meets reality. The streets of Paris are swirling with magic and adventure in the critical time of the French Revolution. In the center of it all is Camille Durbonne, the novel’s young protagonist. She is equipped with magic, however she despises her powers. When smallpox hits, Camille is left alone, impoverished, to lead herself and her sister through the hardships of the French Revolution. She is able to use her powers to transform metal scraps into coins to help her family, but in the face of desperation, she uses dark magic to transform herself into a noble woman to visit the Palace of Versailles. This deed, however, comes at a great cost. Ms. Trelease described her own connection to this specific story, saying, “On a personal level, I moved to Paris after I graduated
during the French Revolution. “You just don’t know, because it’s such an incredibly difficult industry and there are so many gatekeepers,” she said. “You need to get an agent, and the agent needs to send it out to editors, and so there are so many huge hurdles that are out of your control but all you can do is write the best book that you can write.” Trelease encourages students who are interested in pursuing writing to do three things: read, write, and share. “We have this vision for ourselves, and we’re always hopefully getting closer to that vision,” she commented. “And when you feel like you’re ready, be willing to get your work out there.” Enchantée is available through FlatIron Books in bookstores across the nation.
Deerfield Dominates As Schools Match Wits ELLA FOULKES Staff Writer
On Jan 26, four Deerfield students participated in WGBY 57’s As Schools Match Wits, a television-broadcasted trivia show. The team was able to bring home a victory against Suffield Academy with a score of 360-210, which made Deerfield the highest scoring team so far this season. “None of us did any preparation before the competition,” said Kishor Bharadwaj ‘19, a team member. “Generally, we all read a lot, everything from academic papers and books to magazines, but we haven’t really had any formal trivia education or preparation ... how are you going to learn a little bit of everything in the day before the competition?” Chijoke Achebe ‘19, another team member, agreed saying, “The only thing you can really do is read a lot. The only real preparation I did was watch old episodes the night before.” One difficult aspect of the show is that the questions are spread
through many categories. Their coach, Science and Mathematics Teacher Forest Reid explained, “It’s a hard test to study for. The questions are all over the place.” However, if they do continue on the show, Mr. Reid said that it would be wise to put in some more preparatory time on technical rules and general coordination. Mr. Reid described the selection process as beginning with Sydney Bebon ‘19 and Bharadwaj, the two seniors on the team. From there, the group branched out to other grades, incorporating alternates in the process. Dylan Bane ‘20 commented, “It was very spontaneous. We put together a team the week before.” Achebe said, “People think that there is a much more selective process for choosing who goes but it really wasn’t. It was a lot of fun.” According to Mr. Reid, there have been other teams formed in recent years, but they have not been able to participate in the competition, due to a last-minute drop out and weather conditions the past two years. This year’s team is the first to
appear on the show. The filming itself was a nervewracking, but exciting experience for the team. “We were kind of nervous going into it,” Bane explained. “We didn’t know what to expect: Was the other team going to be any good? Would we know the answer to any of the questions?” But Bharadwaj said, “When you got into the game, the cameras didn’t matter all that much; it was just getting the answer right.” “To just show up there and do as well as we did was a very pleasant surprise,” he continued. Although Deerfield is currently in the lead, other teams are close with Pope Francis Preparatory School earning 300 points, and Agawam 295 points, with nine more teams still to compete. If the team places in the top eight after all thirty-eight schools have competed, they will be invited back to face other winning teams in a series of semi finals, hopefully to reach the finals and bring the Collamore Cup, a trophy named after the show’s founder, back to Deerfield.
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Former Left-Wing Radical Bill Ayers Visits Deerfield ANNA FU
Associate Editor On Feb 27, Bill Ayers, former leader of the radical left-wing domestic terror group Weather Underground Organization (WUO), visited Deerfield to speak to the community about his life as an activist. As the group’s leader, Mr. Ayers helped organize a multitude of protests, some of which resulted in the destruction of government property. Wilson Fellow Gary Marx, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, organized Mr. Ayers’ visit. Discussing what he hoped to come out of his visit, Mr. Ayers shared, “I look forward to connecting with students and
sharing my story. I also hope to connect on an issue I think Deerfield students also believe is incredibly important: education.” However, Mr. Ayers is not known for his advocacy for education and education reform, but rather for the WUO’s bombings of the Pentagon and the United States Capitol. Despite his notoriety, few Deerfield students were legitimately concerned about his visit. When asked about her opinions on Mr. Ayers’ past involvement with the WUO, Joana Sette ‘19 responded, “I didn’t really give it much thought at all.” Rather than being wary of Mr. Ayers’ past actions, students are more interested in what he has to
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share. “I’m excited to talk to him and meet him, but I’m not afraid. I don’t think it will be as intense as people think it will be,” said Alexa Brown ‘19, a student in the Terrorism in the Modern World course. Expressing his reasoning behind his decision to invite Mr Ayers, Mr. Marx shared, “I think that it’s one thing to study the theory of terrorism, but it’s another thing to speak to people or hear from people who’ve actually taken up violence for a political cause.” Known mostly for his involvement with the WUO, Mr. Ayers has been an activist for the majority of his life. Born in Oak Park, Illinois on Dec 26, 1944, Ayers received his bachelor’s degree in American Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It was at the University of Michigan where he began to be more actively involved in politics, as he joined the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). SDS was a national student activist organization that fought for social and political change and represented what was known as the “New Left.” In Mr. Ayers’ memoir, Fugitive Days, he recounted the SDS president, Paul Potter’s, question that inspired him in 1965: “How will you live your life so that it doesn’t make a mockery of your values?” In response, Mr. Ayers’ reaction, as he wrote in his memoir, was “you could not be a moral person with the means to act, and stand still… To stand still was to choose indifference. Indifference was the opposite of moral.” From there, he became an
unrelenting activist, sharing his voice and participating in protests and any form of activism to promote his ideas. Never afraid to be arrested for his civil disobedience, his first arrest was in 1965 during a sit-in at a local draft board. He later became the founder of the WUO, a clandestine, radical left-wing group whose goal was “the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world of communism,” according to the Weathermen theory. Discontent with the US involvement in the Vietnam War, the group conducted a wave of bombings in the 1970s, targeting government buildings, including the United States Capital and the Pentagon, many banks, and police cars. Despite the bombings, Mr. Ayers repeatedly emphasized in the interview how he is “a strong advocate for peace” and how their goal was “to try and stop the war and nothing more.” In that sense, many of their attacks were preceded by evacuation warnings and a proclamation of the goal and purpose of their attacks. Additionally, Mr. Ayers consistently brought to light the fact that, as he put it, “no civilians were actually killed or injured in our attacks.” Nonetheless, the bombings were violent acts that had the potential for human casualties. Regarding his involvement in the WUO and the violent protests and attacks they instigated, Ayers shared, “I cannot defend any of those actions… but in those circumstances, no one knew what to do… Thousands of U.S. soldiers were dying every week and the government did nothing to stop
it.” When asked about his decision to resort to violent forms of activism, abandoning civil disobedience, Mr. Ayers countered with an equally interesting question, as he asked, “Why don’t we ever question senators and congressmen and politicians why they resort to violence? We’re constantly fighting wars, yet we never ask the people who start those wars why they chose violence.” Currently, Mr. Ayers is a retired Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois as well as the founder of the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society. As an educator, he’s taught topics including interpretive and qualitative research, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. Most importantly, he continues to advocate for an array of issues he believes strongly in. These issues include the Black Lives Matter movement, the #MeToo movement, as well as the importance of education and education reform. Mr. Ayers’ visit represents a goal by the History and Social Sciences Dpartment to enhance the curriculum of the Terrorism in the Modern World class and expose the community to a range of perspectives. As Mr. Marx shared, “I think, generally, Americans think that terrorists are crazy, that they’re insane… I’m hoping that students will get beyond that onedimensional view of terrorists and try to figure out what are the grievances and what are the motivations that make people take that jump from radical ideas to violence.”
Getting To Know Mr. Yager AMINATA KA Staff Writer
What does it take to turn our little Reid Black Box into a spinning, whirling shape-shifting set? The answer is helping hands, elbow grease, and someone who has mastered the art of theatrical building. Enter Deerfield Theater’s Technical Director, Paul Yager. Mr. Yager has been at Deerfield Academy for thirty school years, meaning Mr. Yager has been bringing sets to life since December of 1989. When asked to describe his job, Mr. Yager said, “I am the Technical Director for the Theatre Department… I’m also the scenic designer, lighting designer, and sound designer for all the theatre productions at Deerfield Academy.”
Without the hard work of Mr. Yager and the tech team, the audience, as observers of the hard work and theatrical expression of the actors, would not be able to see, hear, or engage with the play as seamlessly. He truly loves doing set work at Deerfield, and found it hard to choose just one favorite set, considering he has worked on close to ninety, but he remembered The Diary of Anne Frank, produced twice in his time here, as one of his favorite productions. He then listed some of the most substantial Black Box transformations. “All My Sons, where we built a house and put a real grass lawn in the theater,” he said, showing a photo of a life-size home in the middle of the Reid theatre. “Metamorphoses where we built
a pool in the middle of the Black Box,” he continued, pointing to another photo. Other highlights mentioned include a beautiful sun piece suspended from the ceiling along with a sand box covering the entire Black Box floor to elevate the presentation in a production of Medea. The Yagers are a Deerfield family. Sandra Yager, Mr. Yager’s wife, is the Campus Stores Manager—the mastermind behind the logistics of the Hitchcock and Athletic stores, as well as the Deerfield online store. Mrs. Yager is also responsible for the many exciting games and events that we enjoy via the Hitchcock house. The Yagers have two sons, one of whom attended Deerfield and one who did not. Their son, Kyle Yager,
graduated from Deerfield in 2005 and was a four-year student as well as a committed member of the theater program, and he went on to be a theater major in college. Later, he worked as a prop manager for the Blue Man group. Mr. Yager loves his job, but also has plenty of hobbies that are a bit different from his day-to-day work. “I have a new Jeep that I’m working on restoring. I enjoy beermaking and hard-cider making. And, I enjoy my new grandson,” he said. He also has a dog named Bella. He said that her full name was “Belle of the Ball,” and was quick to express gratitude for having her for the past eleven years. He finished the interview with a smile, saying, “I love working at Deerfield Academy.”
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Peer Counselors Are Always Here to Listen LILY FAUCETT Associate Editor
The role of Peer Counselor is an esteemed leadership position at Deerfield, and for good reason. The Peer Counselors are composed of sixteen upperclassmen who act as liaisons between the Health Center and the student body and provide support to students in the community. Each applicant for the position goes through a rigorous application process made up of a thorough written application, a group interview, and a peer evaluation, among other aspects of the application. Those selected then go through eight weeks of training during the spring term of their
sophomore year to learn the best ways to support the community, and continue to meet frequently throughout the year. Health Teacher Margaret Brown said she looks for “people who are really committed to doing the work, are empathetic, and have some experience navigating situations either with friends or family that would apply.” She also mentioned that peer counselors should be good listeners, facilitators, and should be able to withhold judgment. “Peer counseling is a larger task than many people think it is,” said Peer Counselor Jasmine Baldwin ’20. Being a Peer Counselor entails being available to meet with students in the evenings, to
respond to anonymous questions asked via their website, and to hold ninth-grade groups where they help facilitate discussion about difficult topics. They also live dispersed throughout the upperclassmen dorms. Dr. Brown is hoping to add to the sessions, focusing on important topics like body image, nutrition, stress, fitness, healthy relationships, and consent. The core aspect of their jobs, however, revolves around supporting the community and the student body, in general. “[Peer counseling] requires a person who is able to have conversations with anyone on campus and is willing to help others,” said Baldwin.
Hunter Keller ’20 agreed, adding that she thinks a peer counselor is “someone who understands the value of listening, not just being heard.” She continued, “I think if someone is really listening to you, then life becomes a lot easier to handle.” Another important part of peer counseling is the total confidentiality needed in such a position. “A peer counselor...highly values confidentiality, and doesn’t take it lightly,” explained Baldwin. Dr. Brown also urges students to trust in the confidentiality of the Peer Counselors. She explained that, like the other healthcare professionals and counselors in the Health Center, all
the peer counselors are required to keep meetings with students completely confidential, unless they are concerned that a person may harm themselves or others. “I think that people should rely on them as much as they need,” said Dr. Brown. Everyone interviewed agreed that peer counseling is a crucial aspect of Deerfield life and an important resource for the student body. The counselors’ primary duty is figuring out the best way to support every member of the Deerfield community. Baldwin said, “Peer counseling isn’t something to take lightly, but it is quite a service you can do for your community, and I believe that it is truly worth it.”
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“Our Bodies Deserve More” CHRISTINA LI Staff Writer
Five girls stand, their silhouettes stark against a blue backdrop. Trembling, they desperately claw their dresses off their skin and raise them slowly in the air. As the light drops upon them with the last lyrics of the song, they let their dresses fall at their feet. And then they stand, hands clasped, clothed only in nude garments, staring out into the audience. At the Student Choreography Showcase this winter, these five girls made their mark on the Deerfield community with the piece “Body Love,” choreographed by Nick Ortega ‘19 to the song by Mary Lambert, which shares the same name. The song includes lines such as “Love your body the way your mother loved your
create a piece where, finally, dancers could be comfortable in their own skin, and not worry about societal pressures to be perfect.” However, Ortega and many others involved, voiced concerns about how the piece could be interpreted in a way that differed from its original intention. “One thing that was brought up was that when the girls took off their dresses and they were ‘nude’ on stage, it could’ve been read as ‘sexual,’” Ortega expressed. “It wasn’t the idea that I was going for.” To rebut these misinformed interpretations, Director of Dance Jennifer Whitcomb said, “The dance was a statement about the vulnerability of the human body rather than its sensuality, and there is power in that vulnerability.” She added, “I love it when I see different sizes and shapes
in the January issue of the Scroll, expressed the impact of the piece in starting a previously disregarded dialogue. “We don’t talk about body image enough at DA because everybody is walking on eggshells around each other,” she said. Catalina Llorente ‘19, who was also in the audience, described how, as a peer counselor, the piece resonated with her. She mentioned that, throughout her years as a peer counselor, many people had come to her with similar issues. “A lot of times, the people that come to me are concerned friends who don’t know how to help their friends, mostly because we don’t talk about it a lot,” Llorente explained. Statistics further prove the prevalence of such issues at Deerfield. According to a recent student-body survey conducted by the Scroll, approximately 1 in 5 girls
“I love it when I see different sizes and shapes and ethnicities and genders dancing together in unison.” - Ms. Whitcomb baby feet,” “Our bodies deserve more than to be war-torn and collateral,” and “My body is home.” Ortega began choreographing the piece last spring, with the intention of shedding light on issues of body image and self-harm that he believed were pertinent to everyone in the community. “I have a younger sister who dances and she’s very self-conscious of her body,” Ortega explained in regards to his inspiration for the piece. “It’s the same with most of us dancers because we always want to create the illusion of perfection on stage. That can be a very physically and mentally draining aspiration to have.” He continued, “I wanted to
and ethnicities and genders dancing together in unison, and that is the most beautiful thing, because there is no such thing as the right body type for dance.“ The overarching message is that our bodies aren’t sexual objects,” Quinn Soucy ’19 added. “They’re a part of us, not anything for anyone else to judge. And we need to become more comfortable with that as well.” Through Mary Lambert’s bold lyrics and powerful message, this piece also highlighted more serious issues of self-love and body image relating to eating disorders and self-harm. Izzy Hamlen ‘20, an audience member who had written an opinion article about disordered eating
at Deerfield are struggling or have struggled with an eating disorder. Gigi Deinard ‘20, one of the dancers in the piece, reflected, “‘Body Love’ was the scariest yet most exhilarating piece I’ve performed. It left me possibly the most vulnerable I have ever felt on stage but I was also so proud to be able to convey such a powerful and positive message, one that I know really impacted a lot of people.” “I’d like to think that this piece has put us one step closer to a more inclusive community,” Hamlen continued. “I hope there will be more performances like this so that we can ingrain the idea of loving yourself into the minds of every student at Deerfield.”
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Pilobolus Defies Gravity ABBY PERSONS Staff Writer
On stage, Pilobolus defies gravity. The man, towering and muscular, is lifted with ease. He seemingly floats across the black expanse of the stage. Pilobolus, an acclaimed dance theatre organization, came to Deerfield on Feb 12th for an Academy Event. The group has performed on Broadway and at the Oscars. They also host workshops around the world, teaching their blend of art and science to all audiences. The group began in 1971 at Dartmouth College, when a group of students enrolled in a dance composition class. A member of the group, Robby Barnett, in fact, graduated from Deerfield in 1986, despite not having danced at DA. A participant of the class, Jonathan Walker, was inspired by his father, who was studying the pilobolus fungi in microbiology. He was amazed by the motion and wanted to replicate what scientists saw under the microscope. The group expressed a similar fascination. Thus, Pilobolus officially began and caught the world by storm, discovering an entirely different style of dance. “They became world famous pretty quickly,” Director of Dance Jennifer Whitcomb recalled in regards to the dance company’s
progression. Pilobolus’ style of weight-sharing dance, one defined by the distribution of weight between multiple people, allowed for awe-inspiring lifts. It proved to beextremely adaptable, performed not only on the big stages but also by non-dancers. Indeed, many dancers in Pilobolus did not start out as dancers but rather athletes. Their athleticism can be seen through their style as well as the complex moves incorporated into their program. The event itself, titled “Come to Your Senses,” was based upon scientific and natural phenomenons. It opened with a lesson on Darwin’s theory of evolution, specifically in relation to the eye. It then went on to switch from the excited, up-beat science lesson to something slower and more experimental, exploring the physics of balance and . The music, consisting of nature sounds and ominous beats, set the tone. Three men appeared and began their routine. A plethora of flexibility, lifts, and impressive moves captured the audience, enticing in its uniqueness. Routines began and ended; one with men, one with women, and two others co-ed. With highly experimental and conceptual science-inspired motion , Pilobolus was an experience many in the Deerfield community struggled to understand. Overall, however, they left the entire audience in awe of their dance style.
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DA Orchestra Tours NYC JAE WON MOON Associate Writer
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During Long Winter Weekend, the Deerfield Academy Orchestra took a trip down to New York City to learn and perform in a city full of music. This trip was designed for the musicians not only to perform on world-renowned stages but to develop unity as an orchestra. The musicians had exciting musical opportunities throughout their trip. Upon their arrival in the city, the musicians were welcomed by the Metropolitan Opera. After watching world-class musicians, the orchestra rehearsed three pieces with the Brooklyn High School Orchestra: Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Pachelbel’s Canon in D, and Terry Riley’s improvisational minimalist masterpiece In C. After some free time in the city, the musicians enjoyed a performance by the acclaimed Juilliard Orchestra. The next day, members of the DA Orchestra experienced what it means to “busk,” playing impromptu in the streets. The group spent a majority of the morning busking at Union Station, performing instruments ranging from the violin to the recorder. They then played at the newly constructed Oculus at the World Trade Center with the Brooklyn High School Orchestra. Finally, they concluded that day by watching a performance of the St. Olaf Orchestra led by the world-
famous violinist Sarah Chang. On the third day of the trip, the musicians went to the Museum of Modern Art and watched the NYC ballet perform. Throughout the afternoon, Deerfield musicians spent time working with professional musicians. The resident chamber ensemble at Carnegie Hall, “Decoda”, gave the musicians a master class. Irvin Li ‘20 commented, “The master class provided me with a different perspective to see my music as well as practice.” To end the day, t hey also spent time hanging around and skating in Bryant Park that evening. All in all, the objective of the trip was not only to improve as mucisians but also to bond as a group. Director of Chamber Music and Orchestra Thomas Bergeron said that this was one of the most meaningful trips for him as a musician. Mr. Bergeron went on to say that, “It was special traveling and performing in New York City, the musical center of the universe, with my students.” In the future, Mr. Bergeron hopes that he can travel internationally with the orchestra as well. He shared, “As musicians, it is important to go beyond our own stage. Even from going to New York City, we were able to expand our knowledge by performing with other musicians from drastically different backgrounds and life experiences.”
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Movie Review: BlacKkKlansman RUTHIE SPENCER Staff Writer
In conjunction with the celebration of Black History Month, Deerfield screened the movie BlacKkKlansman on Feb 8. Directed by world-renowned Spike Lee and starring several well-known actors, including John David Washington and Adam Driver, this powerhouse of a movie was released on Aug 10, 2018, and remains in theaters today. With reviews of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, 7.5/10 on IMDb, and 4/5 on Common Sense Media, this movie is a popular hit that contains a serious message. Critics describing it as a “must watch” and “thought-provoking.” The film tells the story of a black police officer in 1970s Colorado Springs, Colorado, named Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who is new to the force. Ron teams up with a white Jewish officer, Filip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), to investigate a local Ku Klux Klan branch, which goes under the pseudonym “The Organization.” Ron talks with the administration of this “organization” over the phone, pretending to be a white supremacist; simultaneously, Filip, undercover, visits the members’ houses in person, pretending to be Ron. Filip is eventually welcomed into the KKK’s inner circle. The two men infiltrate and learn about the organization, whose main objective is to re-institute white-supremacy in America. Spike Lee’s storytelling contains humor and humanity. The film’s synopsis from Focus Features states, “BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as bracingly relevant in today’s tumultuous world.” At the Deerfield viewing of the film, students could be seen watching intently, laughing, and grieving as the movie progressed. I enjoyed watching this movie; the plot twists and turns kept me interested and wondering. It was also cool to see the general
reaction from the Deerfield populace who watched this movie. The mood of the crowd shifted from what was happening in the movie, progressing from intrigued to surprised to grief to shock. It helped the movie create a more sound image in my mind because I was able to vibe off other people and feel what the watchers were feeling. It was a great experience. BlacKkKlansman was released on the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist hate march in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the end of the movie, viewers were left with clips of this hateful event.
The videos from Charlottesville connected the movie to the present day, forcing me to think a lot about what our country values, and what I could do to stop another hate march from happening again. It both humbled and inspired me to enact change. It was a powerful ending to a powerful movie. So, would I recommend BlacKkKlansman? Absolutely. BlacKkKlansman explores the subject of racial injustice with love and empathy and highlights the history of discrimination in America. You are guaranteed to be moved and informed.
“So would I recommend BlackKlansman? Absolutely. It explores the necessary subject of racial injustice and highlights the history of discrimination in America.” - Ruthie Spencer
On Feb 9th, the Dining Hall was filled with masses of students as The Him began their first set. The Him, a two-person music group, had been invited by the Student Planning Committe to Deerfield Academy for a concert. The dynamic duo, Joeren Kerstens and Steven Berghuijs, specialize in electronic music, producing remixes as well as their own songs. Some of their songs include “Nothing On Us” and “Always”, both of which were played at the concert. The two officially met around four years ago at a techno festival in Amsterdam, where they bonded through a shared love for music. “We started getting into the studio just for fun and trying out some remixes,” they said. “Eventually, we brought out ‘Feels Like Home’ and that was really the start of everything.” The name “The Him”, in fact, was inspired by one of their favorite tracks. However, their musical journey together wasn’t always easy. But, as they weathered such challenges, it was their musical inspirations that propelled them forward. When asked about their biggest source of inspiration, they responded, “We actually really listen to everything; we like a variety of music.” Thus, despite the popular belief that they only specialize in electronic or dance music, their music is not limited to one genre. Accord-
Artist of the Issue: Sydney Bebon HELEN MAK Staff Writer
Whether in Albany Road meetings or when discussing poetry in the English classroom, Sydney Bebon ‘19 always brings energy and motivation. As the Editor-in-Chief of Albany Road and an enthusiastic writer, Bebon uses her passion for writing to provoke dialogue on pressing issues as well as simply sharing her voice through the medium which she loves. Bebon attributes her passion for writing to her mother and Adrienne Rich, an American poet, essayist, and feminist. Without any intention, Bebon’s love for writing grew as began writing as much as she read. And as she progressed from an aspiring writer, Bebon realized that writing was more than a mere passion. Inspired by her mother, Bebon feels that, through writing, she
Studies last year, noted, “Sydney came into Studies a poet, yet even within the academic nature of the Studies class, she found a way of bringing the fullness of her creativity to everything she produced.” Bebon has demonstrated use of this creativity with her management of Albany Road, augmenting the magazine’s influence through an online website, instagram features, and writing workshops throughout the year. Under her leadership, the publication has grown to include up to thirty-five students on its board. Harbour Woodward ‘19, who works with Bebon as the Managing Editor of Albany Road, remarked, “During those few minutes of our first “meeting,” her infectious energy put me at ease as we bounced ideas for the magazine off of each other. She is clearly an adept leader who can command a room but also efficiently
“She is clearly an adept leader who can command a room but also efficiently delegate tasks and entrust her teammates to carry out a vision.” - Harbour Woodward
An illustration of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) and Patricia Dumas (Laura Harrier), characters in the movie The BlackkKlansman.
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DJ Duo The Him Comes to Campus JEAN CHUN
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ing to the Him, they try to create “a blend of house and pop music” that draw from “a lot of sources of inspiration.”As well as officially releasing their songs, they also continue performing at different venues. “Our concerts really mean a lot to us, since we believe music is meant to connect people.” The Him remarked. In fact, one of their best memories was playing “Nothing On Us” and listening to everyone sing along. Many students who attended the concert also seemed to have felt the special connection that can only be established through music. When asked about their experience, they expressed great enthusiasm, including Abby Fernald ‘22. “I thought it was really impressive and they played a lot of songs that
is empowered to shed light on uncomfortable topics such as racism and sexism. As Adrienne Rich once told her, “There is no simple formula for the relationship of art to justice...Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage.” When asked about the significance of her writing, Bebon replied, “Creative writing has the power to illuminate narratives and voice narratives that might not have been heard before. I think this has immense power for empathy and change for individuals and communities.” Bebon matches this spirit with the vivacity and creativity she expresses in the classroom. As English Teacher Delano Copprue, who taught Bebon in American
delegate tasks and entrust her teammates to carry out a vision.” Bebon employs this same tenacity and vision in all her writing, and she has been published in Albany Road, the most recent little brown house review. Her poem “Nocturnal Paramour” will be published on the online review Young Adult Review Network in the spring. In addition to her rigorous academic life and countless productions of writing, she has also participated in several Deerfield plays since her freshman year. Bebon also joined Deerfield’s Chorus program and is currently doing research for a peer writing center. In the future, Bebon hopes to use her skills as a writer to create lasting change not only in the Deerfield community, but in the world.
the audience would like,” she said. Lily Zeng ‘22 added, “That feeling of recognition would wash over the crowd and everyone would start jumping and get hyped up.” However, a fair number of people also suggested possible areas of improvement. Jean Jin ‘22 commented: “I think if they played more of their songs, the concert would have been more unique and fun.” In short, The Him feature concert was an opportunity for the students to have fun and also to feel a connection as a community. Although the concert is over, the Him has left us with not only their music but also a reminder of the most important thing : to express ourselves and “get your style and sound out there.”
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Varsity Scores Boys Hockey
4-4 (OT) at Kent
at Wilbraam & Munson
60-73 at Andover
vs Northfield Mount Hermon
Boys Swim & Dive
101-85 vs Loomis
Girls Swim & Dive
106-80 vs Loomis
1st Place at M.I.S.L
Sub-Varsity Scores Boys JV Hockey
Girls JV Hockey
3-3 vs Westminster
Boys JV Basketball
69-73 at Bement
Girls JV Basketball
vs Northfield Mount Hermon
JV Swim & Dive
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Duong and Osei-Ampadeu Take Top Honors at the Phillips Academy Girls Wrestling Tournament ARTHUR YAO Staff Writer
On January 27, two Deerfield wrestlers, Angela Osei-Ampadu ’21 and Anne Duong ’22, travelled to Andover to participate in the annual Phillips Academy Girls Wrestling Tournament. As the only two female wrestlers representing Deerfield, the girls achieved an impressive 11th place finish out of 29 teams competing at the tournament. Specifically, sophomore Angela Osei-Ampadu placed second in her weight class while ninth-grader Anne Duong placed 5th in her division. Assistant Wrestling Coach Mark Teutsch, praised the two girls’ persistent attitudes and tenacious mindsets with regards to competing in a male-dominated sport. He shared, “Osei-Ampadu and Duong are wrestlers who share the character of promoting peace through quiet confidence of internal strength. This year, Osei-Ampadu and Duong have been trailblazers, as have other female wrestlers, by regularly competing against males, facing gender imbalances of anatomy and musculature that are regulated and advantaged by testosterone.” Wrestling is, however, a co-ed sport, and the girls emerged from the season with a great sense of accomplishment. Osei-Ampadu commented, “In the regular season I wrestle mostly boys and it is very difficult to do well against them. Though we are the same weight, boys just tend to be stronger, but my team and coaches push me to put in my best effort during practice.” At the beginning of the sea-
BRITNEY CHEUNG // DEERFIELD SCROLL Osei-Ampadeu and Duong bring home hardware from Andover.
son, Assistant Wrestling Coach Dan Houston introduced the idea of attending an all-girls tournament at Andover to compete on a more level playing field. Both girls accepted in a heartbeat and went on to represent Deerfield exceptionally well. Competing in a minimum of three matches each, both wrestlers prevailed through hardship. Osei-Ampadu recounted her experience saying, “It was difficult having to wrestle three matches in a day. It was also discouraging when I lost my second match, which was the championship match. However, Anne, my coach Mr. Teutsch, and captain Brian Shin, were all super supportive and helped me get back into the right mindset for my final match where I was competing for the second place medal.” Wrestling Captain Brian Shin ’19, who was also present at the wrestling tournament, complimented the girls on their perseverance and fearlessness saying, “It is commendable to witness these two young girls go into a male-dominated sport at such a young age. It was very brave of them to enter the tournament by themselves. Wrestling with some of the best girls in New England certainly makes it more daunting.” All in all, the 2019 Phillips Academy Girls Wrestling Tournament was rewarding for Osei-Ampadu and Duong, allowing them to gain experience and confidence while competing on a level playing field. Both athletes performed exceptionally well and represented Deerfield with class and character.
Spotlight on Deerfield Alums in the Midst of Ring Season MAGGIE TYDINGS Sports Editor
As Deerfield teams are entering the final stretch of the winter season, many recent alumni have been enjoying success in their respective sports at the collegiate level. For this issue, we asked two of our recent alumni about their success and experiences. Bailey Smith ’18 of Northeastern Women’s Swimming and Diving Team entered her first Colonial Ath-
letic Association Championship, and Meghan Hallaron ’17 of the Williams Women’s Hockey Team competed in her first New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship. During her time at Deerfield, Halloran was a tri-varsity athlete and dual-varsity Captain in the sports of hockey and lacrosse. She nearly lead Girls Varsity Hockey to a playoff bid and lead Girls Varsity Lacrosse to their best record in the last decade. Halloran also lead the Deerfield Firefight-
Meghan Halloran ‘17
ers and proctored Harold Smith 1. Halloran is now a dual sport athlete at Williams in a very competitive NESCAC league. While at Deerfield, Smith was also a dual-varsity Captain in the sports of swimming and water polo. Smith holds the Deerfield record both the 500 and 200 Free as well as the 200 Medley relay. In addition to excelling in the pool, Smith graduated Cum Laude and participated in various co-curriculars including proctoring in the
Ninth-Grade Village and writing for The Tavern. Smith now competes at the Division I level in the Colonial Athletic association Conference for Northeastern University where she specializes in backstroke and butterfly. Halloran may prefer her water frozen, but both athletes share an incredible work ethic that has lead to their incredible success in college. We wish Halloran and Smith the best of luck as they finish out their championship seasons!
Bailey Smith ’18
Williams College - NESCAC Playoffs
Northeastern University - CAA Championships
“Going into the season we knew we had a really strong team just because we had so many returners and so everyone was really excited from the beginning. This year we’ve had a lot more confidence in ourselves and also our team chemistry is strong because of our senior class leaders. This past weekend definitely made us realize how good we really are because we had not beaten Middlebury since 2006 and we finished the regular season number one. Even though we’re the first seed, the NESCAC league is very competitive and any any team can win on any day so we’re not going to take any game lightly, but now we have good momentum and confidence going into playoffs.”
“So I’m actually preparing to leave for my CAA championships and I could not be more excited. I’ve had an amazing start to my collegiate athletic career here at NU and I actually can’t believe that first year is almost done. The team finished the season 7-3 and I personally have had a lot of growth in the pool. Every week I feel like I improve a different part of my stroke or race plan, and this has really changed my races for the better. My two coaches here are both amazing at what they do and push me to swim faster and believe that I can achieve my goals. CAAs will be one of the fastest and most competitive meets I’ve had the chance to swim at, and I can not wait to race and swim for my team!”
Boys JV Squash
Girls JV Squash
Boys Thirds Basektball
31-43 vs Looming
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Athlete of the Issue: Jackson Pitcher CAIO PAIVA OLVEIRA Staff Writer
“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better” - Pat Riley, former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Jackson Pitcher ’19 is always striving to do better on and off the court. Having participated in three varsity level sports throughout his time at Deerfield, Pitcher continuously challenges himself athletically. Above that, Pitcher distinguishes himself as a diligent student in the classroom and active member in the community, as he
played with his younger brother, Pitcher shared, “I had the most fun playing out in the driveway with my brother Bennett, who is one of the most influential people to the development of my game.” Upon matriculating at Deerfield, Pitcher immediately became a tri-varsity athlete in soccer, basketball, and crew both his freshman and sophomore years. Unfortunately, he ran into a predicament his junior year as he had to choose between crew or playing spring basketball in order to pursue his goals of playing collegiate basketball. Ultimately, Jackson chose spring basketball.
attitude which is super beneficial to the team and to himself as a player… He’s the ideal teammate that every team wants. Discussing the type of legacy he wants to leave, Pitcher shared, “I pride myself on my hard work. I would rather be remembered for my work ethic rather than my successes on and off the playing fields. I do not want to be remembered only as an athlete, I feel I have a lot more to give other than points and goals.” Pitcher’s leadership and attitude can best be described by teammate and co-captain Jackson Selvala ’19. Selvala spoke to Pitcher’s
“I do not want to be remembered only as an athlete; I feel I have a lot more to give other than points and goals.” – Jackson Pitcher commonly engages in local events. Pitcher grew up in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where both of his parents have been dedicated faculty members for almost thirty years, and his father, Mr. Conrad Pitcher, has been a coach of the boys varsity basketball team for nearly fifteen years. Pitcher recalls having loved the game from an early age, saying, “My interest in [basketball] started from the day I was born, and I have to blame my dad for that. When I was really young, I used to be a regular at practices and games.” Pitcher’s first word just so happened to be “ball,” proving that basketball runs in the Pitcher family blood. His naturally tall stature allowed him to have an early advantage over his competition. Pitcher soon was able to play basketball with his younger brother, Bennett Pitcher ’21. Recounting the countless times he
Reflecting on his decision, Pitcher shared, “My goal growing up was always just to play for Deerfield, as this place has been my home my whole life and I’ve always been Deerfield’s teams’ biggest fan.” When asked about his most valuable lesson learned from his four years, Pitcher expressed, “Other than to not challenge my dad’s/coach’s judgement, I’ve learned to have a certain mentality while playing defense. If you believe you can guard anyone, you will be able to guard anyone.” Currently, Pitcher is a captain for two varsity sports: varsity soccer and varsity basketball. His goal remains the same on both teams— to lead and inspire his teammates. As first-year teammate and co-captain of the basketball team Jackson Selvala ‘19 shared, “He comes to practice early every day to put up shots. He has this awesome ‘looking to get better’
character saying, “He’s willing to do anything to win. He always makes the hustle plays whether it be grabbing offensive rebounds, or diving for loose balls before the other team gets them.” Selvala added, “He’s a fantastic shooter who can quickly change the momentum of the game. Jackson is definitely someone I want walking onto the court with me every game.” But what bonds teammates more than athleticism, is respect for another’s character. Selvala concludes by stating, “Off the court, he always has a smile on his face and brightens the mood of any room he walks into. Also, he has a rigorous course load showing his skills in the classroom.”Pitcher says he is pumped to play collegiate basketball at Middlebury next year. After watching many NESCAC basketball games when he was little, Pitcher says, “It really is a dream come true.”
BRITNEY CHEUNG // DEERFIELD SCROLL Jackson Pitcher making an impact on and off the floor
Deerfield Shows Support for the Crosby Family at “Lax for Linds” Event MAGGIE TYDINGS & ANNIE KANE
Sports Editor & Associate Editor Deerfield students and faculty alike gathered in the Field House on Sunday, February 17th to celebrate the life of former Deerfield community member Lindsay Crosby who passed away this past summer due to complications from the birth of her third child. Ms. Crosby graduated from Springfield College in 2008 where she competed on both the soccer and lacrosse teams. She took her passion for lacrosse with her as she pursued a career in coaching. During her career, she worked with athletes at Amherst College, The Bement School, Deerfield Academy, and, most recently, as Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at The Westminster School. Ms. Crosby had a lasting impact on lacrosse in Western Massachusetts and beyond, and it was only fitting to hold an event that will further this impact. Roughly 50 children ranging in age from three to fourteen were joined by current Deerfield lacrosse players and their coaches for a fun-filled afternoon of lacrosse. The boys and girls were split up and then divided by age and Deerfield athletes ran various stations. These drills ranged anywhere from “Duck, Duck, Goose” to 3v3 scrimmages. Girls Varsity Lacrosse Captain Bailey Cheetham ‘19 spoke to the positive atmosphere, saying, “The clinic was super fun for everyone involved. The kids were having a great time learning some basics and just playing around.” The clinic follows lots of sup-
Current Boys and Girls Varsity Lacrosse players spend their Sunday afternoons coaching the next generation of laxers.
port for the Crosby family. A GoFundMe page was started back in July to help Ms. Crosby’s husband, former Deerfield advancement officer Evan Crosby, and their three children in this difficult time, and has since raised over $360,000. All proceeds from the clinic went to the Crosby family, who joined the Deerfield community on Sunday for the event. Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Allison DiNardo organized the event and said, “The event was
a team effort, and a lot of people stepped up to advertise the clinic and ensure that things ran smoothly. From advertising assistance and flier design to registration table help, so many Deerfield community members pitched in to show their support. Most importantly, varsity members of the boys and girls lacrosse teams showed up in huge numbers to coach the clinic and offer their support. They brought outstanding energy and made the
event so much fun for everyone.” Science Teacher and long-time Deerfield community member Toby Emerson has been personally touched by Ms. Crosby as she coached his daughter when she attended the Bement School. He spoke to her outstanding contributions to the sport saying, “She is hands-down one of the best coaches I have ever been around. Demanding, caring, knowledgeable… You name, she had it!” Mae Emerson ‘19 first learned
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how to play lacrosse under Ms. Crosby’s guidance at The Bement School. Emerson will now be continuing her lacrosse career in the NESCAC at Connecticut College. This is something Emerson does not think would be possible without Ms. Crosby: “Ms. Crosby was one of the most influential coaches I’ve ever had. Being my first lacrosse coach, she showed me how great the game of lacrosse is. Hopefully, all the girls she impacted can keep her incredible legacy going.”
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Deerfield Squash Shows Out at Nationals
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Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Squash Teams rally at Nationals to place Third and First, respectively.
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Over Long Winter Weekend, the Girls Varsity and Boys Junior Varsity and Varsity squash teams traveled to Hartford, Connecticut to participate in the 2019 Head US High School Team Squash Championships at Trinity College. All three teams have had impressive seasons so far this year, especially at Nationals, in which the varsity boys placed 3rd in the nation, the girls finished 4th overall, and the JV boys claimed 1st place in the third division after being undefeated for the entire tournament. Led by captains Teddy Durfee ’19 and Chait Shah ’19, the Boys Varsity Squash team currently holds a 16-3 record in addition to their impressive finish at Nationals. The boys defeated McDonough and the Brunswick B teams before facing the talented Brunswick A team, who went on to the win the National Championship. They then won against St. Paul’s 6-1 to claim the 3rd spot in the country. The firstround match against coed, Baltimore-based, McDonough, proved their strength and endurance as they played hard to secure the 4-3 win. According to sophomore Merritt Wurts ’21, who currently plays at the #3 spot for Deerfield, “Adrian Todd clinched the win over Emily Schuster, the #5 girl
CARTER WEYMOUTH Staff Writer
The New England Patriots have won three of the last five Super Bowls. The Boston Red Sox have won two of the last five World Series Titles. The city of Boston and their fans from across the country have had incredible success in the world of professional sports recently. As a result, Deerfield’s campus has been polarized with discourse about Boston sports. In the playoffs for the World Series, the Boston Red Sox defeated their archrivals, the New York Yankees and made their way to the championships. The Sox were matched against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, and they managed to secure their ninth title in the championship after winning in Game 5. Sports fans across the United States were impressed by this feat, and Jack O’Neil ’20, a Deerfield native and ardent supporter of all Boston teams, went so far as to say that during Game 2 of the series, when J.D. Martinez drove in the leading two runs he had, “never been in such
in the country for U17,” which allowed Deerfield to win the match overall. In their two most recent matches against Taft and Andover, the boys team has won 7-0 against both opponents, and all season, they have only lost to Brunswick and Avon Old Farms in tight matches. In addition to New England’s at the end of February, they have two more matches left before the end of their season. The girls’ varsity team faced four incredibly strong opponents throughout the tournament. According to Head Squash Coach Karinne Heise, “The girls defeated Penn Charter 6-1 in the first round and Choate Rosemary Hall in the second round 5-2, and they lost to Greenwich Academy 1-6 (the eventual national champions) and Baldwin 2-5 in the playoffs to compete for the 3rd and 4th rankings in the country. Coach Heise reflected upon their season so far, saying, “It’s been a delight to coach this team, which does an exceptional job of balancing intensity, focus and allout competitive play on the court with humorous fun, concern for others and dynamic team bonding off the court. Ashley Manning and Harbour Woodward have both proven to be terrific co-captains as they model great work ethic and positive team spirit.” Senior co-captain Woodward ’19 also spoke about their recent suc-
cess, saying, “We had some tough competition this year at nationals having to play against Choate whom we had lost to 3-4 earlier in the season. The energy felt high that morning and we all played incredible squash and defeated them 5-2. That was honestly the best moment of the weekend for me - seeing us come back from defeat and everyone playing their hearts out – it was truly special.” The girls are currently out to de-
fend their 11-3 record as they have two more regular season matches left before New England’s. Undefeated at Nationals and in their regular season, the boys’ junior varsity team currently defends a record of 15-0. They competed against many varsity level teams in order to win first place in the third division, which highlighted their depth and skill. In the first round, they defeated Horace Mann 6-1 before beating German-
Girls Varsity Squash at Head US High School Team Squash Championships.
town Friends 5-2. They then went on to win 4-3 against Tabor and 5-2 against The Hill School. Overall, the Deerfield squash teams represented the incredibly strong squash program here when they competed against many of the top schools in the country and finished in the top rankings. Both the girls’ and boys’ varsity teams will soon head to the New England Championships on February 23rd at Choate Rosemary Hall.
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Boston Sports at Deerfield an electric environment in [his] life. [He] had [beverages] rained down upon [him], and [he] highfived a ton of random strangers.” This “electric environment” is no anomaly. During the celebration parade, a Boston fan dented the World Series trophy when he tried to throw a beverage at one of the players, and his sub-par toss landed the can on the trophy. In the 53rd Super Bowl, fans watched the Patriots face off against the Los Angeles Rams. Only 16 points were scored in total, making the game the lowest scoring Super Bowl in history. Aidan Philie ’20 from Sandwich, MA, thought, “the Patriots were clearly the dominant team as they will always be.” He went on to say that, “we are living in the greatest era of Boston sports in history.” Commenting on the post- halftime play, Jarod Harrington ’20 said, “For someone who watches a lot of football, the second half was especially enjoyable to watch because there was fantastic defense on both sides of the ball.” For other fans, the reactions to the game were less than enthusiastic.
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Coincidentally, the New England teams both won their championships against Los Angeles organizations, leaving fans from the West devastated. Max Wuchenich ’21, a Los Angeles native, stated that LA teams, “just don’t show up when they play New England
Teams. It’s brutal.” There is no doubt that in defeating the Rams and the Dodgers, the Red Sox and Patriots have gained many new supporters. Tommy Gilmore ’20, an international student from Costa Rica, finds it “hard not to support New England teams
when there are so many passionate students surrounding [him].” Whether you are a Boston fan or not, the impact of the city’s recent success can be felt across campus. For better or for worse, Tom Brady won another Super Bowl and J.D. Martinez hit another home run.
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90 Seconds with The Sports Performance Team
Mrs. Kate Parker
Mr. Robert Graves
Ms. Gabriela Biscottini
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Head Athletic Trainer
If you could meet one athlete dead or alive who would it be? Steph Curry What do you eat for breakfast? Fruit and yogurt, but sometimes I don’t eat breakfast. Don’t put that in there. What would you tell yourself at age 16?
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Ms. Theriault, or Emma, is often overshadowed by the far cuter, mini version of herself and can be found giving Fitness Center orientations to nervous ninth-grade boys. For the first time in Scroll history, 90 Seconds With has been conducted in 90 seconds. Yes, we timed them. Yes, they will attest. Enjoy!
Mr. Ronnie Tamburro
Ms. Emma Theriault
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Assistant Athletic Trainer
Mr. Tamburro (said no one ever), or Ronnie, struggled to find the time for this interview as he was far too busy designing instagram posts on how to gain weight. Ronnie, along with 78% of the student body, prefers Reese’s over Peanut Butter M&M’s and is ardently opposed to Taylor Swift, except for Blank Space, which is, “a banger.”
Fitness Center Manager
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Mr. Graves, or Mr. Graves as he is referred to, runs the training room and is known around campus for his cunning humor. Ms. Biscottini (said no one ever), or Gabi, is excited to be featured in the Scroll for a fourth time during her four years at DA. Gabi can be found interviewing for the Scroll, her favorite pastime, or teaching spin class.
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If you have never had the privilege of being injured or filling out a program inquiry form in the Athletic Center, than maybe these interview will compel you to do one or the other. Although maybe not the injury one. The “Sports Performance Team” as they have dubbed
themselves consists of five of the funniest, coolest, and most caring people on this campus. Mrs. Parker, or Kate as she is commonly called by her proteges, has been with Deerfield for, “too long,” as she would say. Mrs. Parker may be found staring down students caught running on her treadmill or “pew, pewing” students with a crutch.
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On a scale of 1-10 how intolerable do you find baby photos on FaceBook?
Would you rather always be ten minutes late or twenty minutes early?
Best type of cheese?
Is a hotdog a sandwich?
Twenty minutes early
I guess technically although I wouldn’t call it that Favorite Justin Bieber song?
Who would you let punch you directly in the face?
What would your last meal be?
What’s the absolute worst name you could give your child? Carol for a girl. Guy for a guy.
I do like Justin Bieber. Beauty and Beat
Mike Tyson Favorite spice girl?
Pizza from Baked Jims in Jersey
Barbies or American Girl Dolls? Barbies
John Denver: Take Me Home, Country Roads
If you were a flavor, what would you be?
What would the world be like if it was filled with copies of you?
What body part would you not mind losing?
Don’t get hurt again.
Pepper, thyme, oregano, parsley, sage
What famous people have you met?
What’s your favorite thing to order from Olive Garden?
Chris Farley at rehab when I was 10. But I wasn’t in rehab.
Favorite Ariana Grande song?
How much can you bench?
Least favorite sport?
What’s the most amount of money you have spent at McDonalds?
More than you.
I love working with Ronnie. He’s actually like the coolest person to share an office with.
If life were a video game, what would your cheat codes be?
Favorite Kids Movie?
Cats or dogs?
How many days have you gone without showering?
What does that even mean. I’m not a gamer
What movie makes you cry?
Toilet paper: over or under?
Reeses: Sees or Ces?
Would you rather eat a box of dry spaghetti noodles or a cup of uncooked rice?
Reeses for the pieces. Reeces for the cup.
What’s your spirit animal?
Nick or Disney?
Friends or How I Met Your Mother?
Weirdest exercise name?
Would you rather never be stuck in traffic again or never get another cold?
Sumo deadlift high pull thruster
Never get another cold.
Reeses or Peanut Butter M&M’s?
Favorite team on campus?
Ha, that’s a good one. Nice try though.
I can’t pick favorites.
Remember the Titans What is the score of your game of life? Kate - 1 Life - 1. It’s a tie Would you rather have a golden voice or a silver tongue? Golden voice Favorite Hannah Montana song?
Favorite Taylor Swift song? That’s tough. The one with boyfriend that’s not nice. Peanut Butter M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces? Peanut M&Ms
I don’t know any
What would your autobiography be called?
Spinach or celery
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
Favorite team on campus?
A six year-old asks you if Santa is real, what do you say?
Favorite team on campus? Thirds girls squash
Favorite chocolate bar?
I think about this one a lot. I’d have to say nose. How do you feel about working with Ronnie?
Hannah Montana or Victorious? Hannah Montana, I don’t know that other one
Favorite team on campus?
No. Grow Up. Lying is wrong.
If I tell you I’d have to kill you
Favorite team on campus? I can’t say it violates my confidentiality agreement.
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Yes, I played basketball in high school.
When/how did you start playing lacrosse?
If you could meet one athlete dead or alive who would it be?
I grew up in San Diego, where it wasn’t very popular when I was growing up so I started playing sixth grade. But my dad played in college so I had to always play catch with him.
Probably Jackie Robinson. After watching 42, I have a lot of questions so I think it would be a very interesting conversation.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
If you could relive one moment of your athletic career what would it be? Beating Bates my junior year
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Getting to Know Interim Assistant Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Mr. Lawlor at Middlebury. It was in the NESCAC semifinals and they had been undefeated and it was just very exciting. The background of the game was quite heated and they made like this whole video on us about how they were going to beat us so it was like we had something to prove -it was a great game. What is one sport you wish you were good at? Hockey. Growing up in San Diego, there’s not really any hockey, or you have to travel a pretty far
distance to play hockey. I feel like it’s pretty similar to lacrosse in a lot of ways and it’s something I wish I had tried. What are you most excited for this Spring? JV lax hands down. What is one movie that makes you cry? That’s a great question. Miracle.
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Students Leave Their Mark on Faculty Children On and Off the Field
Deerfield students rarely realize the immense impact they have on small faculty children pursuing success in their favorite sports. Students make connections with faculty kids across campus by playing catch in the Field House, coaching soccer practices, or simply discuss their games with the children. Deerfield is a unique place with opportunities for not only its many students, but also the children that get to grow up in an environment of positivity and competitive energy. Pictured in top row (from left to right) - Phin Savage, Teague Washburn, Evelyn DiNardo, Ryan Washburn, and Austin Philie â€™19 Pitcured in middle row (from left to right) - Ber Calhoun, Elliana DiNardo, and Caden Washburn Pictured in bottom (from left to right) - Margaret Williams â€™19, Elliana DiNardo, Caden Washburn, Carter Schloat, Ryan Washburn, Boys Varsity Hockey Team, and Washburn Boys
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GRACE RUSSELL Staff Writer
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? “Listen more than you talk.” What is your most embarrassing childhood memory? “I was in about 4th grade and I had joined a hockey team when I was living in Detroit, although I did not know how to skate. It was towards the end of the season and I was a little better on my skates but still not very good and in the championship game I was playing defense and the guy was coming with a breakaway. I wanted to stop him so I ended up sprawled face first on the ice but fortunately in front of his shot, so I saved the game. But it was pretty embarrassing to sprawl on my face in front of everybody and get up with a big bloody lip.
Did you have a high school nickname? “Paco. I was always enamored of Pancho Villa and I always said that I wanted to have criss-cross gun belts like all those pictures of Pancho Villa and somehow that became Paco.”
What is the weirdest thing you have ever ordered on the internet? “I once ordered this thing shaped like half of a stone egg which was supposed to be a really good humidifier if you poured water on it. It never worked.”
What is your go-to breakfast? “I will usually have a cup of coffee and a bagel with melted cheese on one half and peanut butter on the other.”
What is your favorite sport to play? “Baseball.” If you could trade lives with someone for a day who would it be? I would trade lives with Donald Trump so that in 24 hours I could see how much of the damage he’s done, I could undo. NATASHA LEONG/ DEERFIELD SCROLL
If you were in Harry Potter what house would you be in? “I would want to be one of the teachers.”
What are three things you would bring to a deserted island? “A copy of Thoreau, my wife and a very, very sturdy sea-going vessel.”
What is the most unique place you have traveled to?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
“My wife and I took 26 high school kids to the Soviet Union, when it was still the Soviet Union, in 1986 and we were there when the Chernobyl nuclear accident happened which we were unaware of because it wasn’t in the news there but it was a fascinating trip. We spent four days in Moscow and another four in Leningrad and it was a tremendous window into that time in what we refer to as, the evil empire. We visited a lot of Russian schools and one of my most poignant memories from that was an understanding of what World War II meant in the Soviet Union. We lost around 400,000 soldiers and the Soviet Union lost 20 million. So all of the schools we visited had a World War II memorial and it was an eye-opening sense of perspective.”
“I would like to have the power to eradicate injustice.”
Have you ever met anyone famous? “I’ve met some professional athletes. Growing up my two boyhood heroes were Al Kalin who played for the Detroit Tigers, I grew up in Detroit and Warren Spahn who pitched for the Milwaukee Braves. I met both of them at an All Star game.”
If you won the lottery what would you do first? “I would set up a foundation so that I could think carefully about ways to use the majority of the money to work towards social justice goals that are important to me.
“I would invent a machine that would make you invisible.”
What is your spirit animal? “A wolf.”
What is your favorite memory at Deerfield? “One of my favorite memories is when Mr. Henry and I had been reading Thoreau’s civil disobedience and encouraging our students to think about the kinds of things he was advocating and we had also been reading Walden and thinking about his whole vision of immersing oneself in nature and we came to class one day and there was a note on the door that said, ‘We are all out in the woods and you are welcome to come join us and find us but we are taking you at your word!’”
themselves in person, what about simply starting to smileat them on the path? The greatest part about this tactic is that there is no worst case scenario because all they will do is simply say “hi” back. See? Win-win!
Everyone knows of the cliché scheme culture at Deerfield: Snapchat before in-person chat and visitation before dates. I will, in this piece, attempt to define the so called “scheme” culture at Deerfield and possibly offer a solution to fix the ineffective “scheming” tactics. It is important to define some simple terms about scheming at Deerfield Academy. “Scheming” is essentially equivalent to having a crush on a potential significant other and trying to flirt with them, but also doing so without risking too much. Social media is crucial as many students prefer cyber conversations over face-to-face conversations. In general, unlike modern-day flirting, “scheming” is a more passive form of flirtation; students avoid confrontation as many are shy to openly express their true emotions. Most schemes start with Snapchat. After successfully obtaining your crush’s Snapchat, you must initiate “conversation.” According to “scheming” guidelines, first and foremost, the mood of your Snapchats is essential in starting your relationship on the right foot. With the option of revealing your fullface, half-face, or shoulder, Snapchatting at Deerfield has evolved into a form of art. Your Snapchat should not show that you are completely head over heels for someone, yet it must also imply that there is definitely some potential romance budding between you and your crush. A very important thing to note is that responses must be within 2 to 8 hours, no earlier and no later. You don’t want to seem like you are waiting for their Snap, but, at the same time, you want them to know that you are somewhat interested. When it seems like you have established a stable “friendship” with your scheme, how about asking about his or her interests? Maybe even how their game went? But always remember, hold your temptation to open the Snap too early, and make sure to vary the chats. After the stage of asking questions that you already know the
If you could invent anything, what would it be?
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answer to, the most important step in the scheme process happens. You, finally ask your “special someone” whether they want to hang out. This is the determining step in the scheming process because he or she will finally reveal their thoughts about you – you
into despair. You must remember that your crush is only one of the eight billion people on this planet, and there are many, many, many fish in the sea. Just because your scheme did not succeed one time does not mean that your next scheme has to know about it or
flirting method. Face to face interactions: Deerfield Academy’s website reads, “Today, the Academy captures this notion in a set of core values: face-to-face interactions characterized by joy and gener-
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will either fall into the dark hole of the friendzone or blossom together into something bigger. In the best case scenario, your scheme will answer with a “Sure” or “I’ll see you at the Greer.” Now is your chance to finally make a lasting impression on the person. However, in some other unfortunate occasions, you encounter one of the sadder moments of your life: an outline of a red arrow. This empty arrow, on Snapchat, implies that the person, on the other end of your conversation, has opened your Snap and chosen not to respond. In this case, try not to fall
that another new scheme will not be successful! So, now that I have told you the way that scheming works here at Deerfield. I will propose a mind-breaking alternative. Something more applicable to real-life society. Something that most Deerfield students have never done: partaking in face-to-face, real-life romantic courting. I know that this may seem daunting and insurmountable, but this is how most relationships beyond our Deerfield bubble form. Here are some tips and tricks to get a head start on this innovative
osity of spirit.” One of the most important values that the Academy enforces on its students is the value of face-to-face communication. Yet, in the scheme culture, face-to-face interaction is unheard of. I adamantly believe that this value should remain consistent in scheme culture as well. Instead of constantly asking “Wyd” or “How was your co-curric?” what about simply going up to them in the Greer and saying “Hi.” Something as simple as that could be the start of a special something. If you simply cannot accept the fact that people are allowed to introduce
Get to Know Your Scheme (Not on DAInfo): Schemes are people too! Often times, Deerfield students think that their scheme only exist in the cyber realm and in their math class. However, that is not how human beings work. Your scheme wants to make friends. Your scheme wants to talk to people. Your scheme is human! If you can get over the fact that you can talk to them in person, next step is to try to find commo ground. Talk about your hobbies, favorite music, Netflix shows, and embarrassing stories. The list is endless. What is important is that your scheme knows who you are, and you are no longer just someone that is referred to as “the guy on SnapChat.” Go on a date: The Deerfield bubble can seem suffocating at times. With the same Greer nights and sports events, occasoinally you need a breather from the Deerfield masses. With a great selection of attractions just around this campus, take your crush to see a movie or go eat Froyo instead of a night stuck at school. Getting off campus can help remind you that you are not simply “scheming” but that you are looking at a possible significant other. This may even get you extra brownie points as your crush may view your preparation as a sign of thoughtfulness. Now, with my last words of wisdom, I wish you well with your schemes. Finding a significant other is about honesty and courage. Don’t be afraid to actually, in-person, express how much you like someone. One of my favorite quotes that inspires this is, “You miss 100% of the shots that you do not take.” So, why hesitate and miss that shot? Go, scheme (the healthy way).
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Bean Boots vs. Timberlands ARTHUR YAO Staff Writer
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have constantly fallen into arguments with others. The Bachelor is a beloved dating Currently, the new bachelor is reality show. The TV series is curformer professional football playrently airing its 23rd season, and er Colton Underwood. Colton, a there is no end in sight. The show, veteran of The Bachelor franchise, with its long standing history, is appeared on The Bachelorette and so popular that ABC Network has Bachelor in Paradise. expanded the franchise to make Colton has taken the women on spin-offs shows such as The Bacheseveral dates, some even extendlorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and the ing across international waters as Bachelor Winter Games. the women traveled to The goal of The BachSingapore, Vietelor is for one lucky man nam, and Thaito find his “true love,” land. and then propose to her This season, by the end of the season. strong contenders A gentleman begins with are Cassie Randolph, 30 potential suitors. From Tayshia Adams, and here, the bachelor’s laboriHannah Godwin. Casous job is to weed through sie, a graduate student all thirty girls and elimistudying to be a Speech nate those whom he Pathologist, continues doesn’t feel a “genuto progress her relaine connection” with. tionship with Colton He has the liberty to as she scored a oneon-one date with Colton take these women on MADELINE LEE / on a private island. all sorts of dates. DEERFIELD SCROLL Tayshia, a divorced phleAs in most reality botomist, has captivatshows, there is a “villain” ed Colton with her honesty and of the group. On the 21st seaconfidence. And, Hannah G., a 23 son of The Bachelor, the infamous year-old content creator, caught Corinne Olympios caught AmeriColton’s eye from the first night as ca’s eye with her audacious comhe handed her the first impression ments such as “Michael Jordan Rose. took naps. Abraham Lincoln took My prediction for the winner naps. And I’m in trouble for napof this season is Cassie as she and ping?” This season, the new “trouColton have “undeniable chemblemakers” have been shaping up istry.” However, after Colton’s to be Demi Burnett, Onyeka Ehie, heart-break by Becca Kufrin, it is and Catherine Agro. Along with unclear if Colton is ready to give inconsiderately “taking too much away his heart again. time with Colton,” these ladies
As winter unfolds on the Deerfield campus, students race around campus with boots on, hoping to avoid cold feet. Whether it’s your lab partner in chemistry class or the person in line in the Koch cafe, you can’t seem to escape this reality. When choosing what brands of boots to buy, Deerfield students are often divided between the “Tims,” Timberlands, or the “Duck,” Bean Boots. While the boots may differ in quality, they both demand a hefty price; many Deerfield students are lucky to be privileged enough to engage in such a debate. Ever since Sidney Swartz unveiled the Timberlands in 1973, the boots have become an international sensation with celebrities such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna sporting the golden boots. With its one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and renowned quality, Timberlands have swept Deerfield culture off its feet. Even the famed Deerfield Step Team has endorsed these boots. You can hear rhythmic Timberland beats echo in the East Gym on any Friday night. These performers dance with finesse and style. While Timberlands took off, Leon Leonwood Bean, an American entrepreneur, was busy scheming a design for his new L.L. Bean boots in Maine. Originally selling his boots to hunters, Leon rapidly expanded his clientele as
his light-weight, waterproof boots gained traction around the world. Now, Bean Boots can be seen as staples in many people’s wardrobes. This frenzy has made its way down to the Pioneer Valley. Now, even Deerfield students are mesmerized by the boot’s beauty and versatility in the New England wilderness. Renowned Deerfield Step Team Dancer Joshua Oduro ’21 presentsed his case, “The Timberlands are so clean, so iconic, and so versa-
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tile. And just the other day, I accidentally stubbed my toe on a chair and I felt nothing.” In addition to its protective shell, it also provides irreplaceable acoustics for our basketball team. As varsity basketball player Quinton Quirrenbach ’19 observes, “The step team has provided an incredible atmosphere at our games. Honestly, sometimes I even find myself dancing to the beat. It really gets the juice flowing in the gym.” Not only the Timberlands protect your vulnerable pinky toes,
Deerfield Weekend Getaway MARY BLAKE ZERON Staff Writer
The Farm Table ($$$) This restaurant is located about 20 minutes off campus at 219 South St, Bernardston. With connections to approximately sixteen farms, the sustainable farm to table movement is an important part of this restaurant’s menu. So, next Friday or Saturday night, try the classic Farm Table Burger, Mushroom & Spinach Brick Oven Pizza, House Cornbread, or Small Plate Baked Stuffed Shrimp.
GoBerry ($) No matter what anyone says, the cold weather can’t stop you from getting the best, fresh frozen yogurt made from local farm dairy. This chain franchise has shops in Northampton and Amherst. Boasting a variety of flavors such as Mango, Blueberry, Wildberry Lavender, and Chocolate, you are sure to find yourself the perfect dessert.
LimeRed Teahouse ($) Having shops in Northampton and Amherst, this café serves eight-different natural flavored bubble teas that are to die for. If a hot drink is more your style, the Espresso Bar serves unique, fresh flavors such as Coconut Latte or Thai Tea. To top it off, you can even treat yourself to desserts imported from Japan and New York City.
North Hadley Sugar Shack ($-$$) Scrumptious cider donuts and pancakes or waffles with fresh maple syrup awaits you at this delicious institution. Once you watch the friendly staff make syrup in front of you, buy maple products, or venture to their Farm Market, you will never be able to brunch anywhere else.
UMASS Fine Arts Center ($-$$) When Deerfield Academy students aren’t rocking the stage at a dance showcase, theater production, or musical performance, the UMASS Fine Arts Center could be the perfect place to enjoy art forms outside the Academy. Whether you are roaming the Gallery and Museum, or watching the latest dance, play, or musical piece, there is always something new to do at UMASS FAC. Shelburne Falls ($-$$$) If you have a free afternoon one weekend, Shelburne Falls is the place to go. With so much to do, you cannot possibly be bored in this town. You can stroll down the world-famous Bridge of Flowers, examine the incredible Glacial Potholes, participate in thrilling water rafting ($$-$$$), or go on an exciting zip lining tour ($$-$$$).
The People’s Pint ($$) With a variety of foods, this restaurant is sure to have something to satisfy our hunger. Holding a spot at the heart of Greenfield, the People’s Pint boasts delicious American cuisine. When you visit the restaurant make sure to try their delicious burgers.
Magpie ($$$) This is a Deerfield student favorite. With a comfortable atmosphere, Magpie provides some of the best woodfired pizzas in the Pioneer Valley. Appetizers such as the mussels, roasted cauliflower, and freshly-baked bread are definitely worth giving a try. For entreés, all-times classics are the Cubano and the Margherita pizzas and the Ricotta Mac and Cheese. And to finish off, the desserts vary by season, but there is always something delish to finish the night off with.
Berkshire East ($$-$$$) You don’t have to be on the varsity ski team to enjoy some time on the snow. Berkshire East has ski courses for every level. The next time Deerfield is hit with a winter blizzard, grab some skis, a snowboard, or a sleigh, and head over to Berkshire East for some fun!
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MassMoca ($$) If you ever want to experience world-class art, go visit MASS MoCA. Although the trip may take a little longer, as the museum is located right near Williams College, with more than 20 exhibitions to view, your time in the car will be well spent. With worldclass artists, such as James Turrell and Sol LeWitt (and many more) on display, there is not a minute to waste at this museum.
they also provide a second-tonone environment; but some people disagree. Bean boot enthusiast Patrick McKee ’20 commented, “I cannot name a footwear that is more superior than the Bean Boot. They come in a variety of heights so you can always dress for the occasion. Additionally, it is easy to tuck your pants into the the boots to go through any terrain. They are classic prep school style.” Moreover, senior Mia Burch ’19 recounts her experience of buying a pair of her own, “I was browsing a shop in New York one day and I realized Bean Boots were significantly cheaper than the Timberlands! Not only this, the salesperson even guaranteed me a one year return policy if I wasn’t satisfied. Simply the best, or nothing at all.” This debate has taken over dorm feeds, class discussions, and even sit-down conversations and students have even announced school-wide polls during these meals. Students cannot seem to get enough of the shoes. Yet the age-old question remains unanswered: Timberlands or Bean Boots? However, whether judging the quality of a boot by its style, comfort, support, durability or return policy, it’s important to note that every design has its own upsides and downsides. Both the Timberlands and the Bean Boots are unique in their own standards, and whichever you choose will ultimately be the right decision.
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